Russian antisatellite weapons testing may have caused a hazardous field of space debris to orbit that could pose a threat to the safety and security of Earth. International Space StationThis weekend: unnamed U.S. officials told CNN.

U.S. Space Command was referred to as Space Force in a statement. confirmed “a debris-generating event” occurred, but notably declined to mention the cause or Russia.

Two U.S. officials spoke CNNRussia performed an antisatellite experiment over the weekend. One participant suggested a link with the debris. The scenario has been supported by the following: report from SeradataPrivate space analysis and data company whose employees tracked the suspected Russian ground-launched antisatellite strike missile.

A Soviet-era intelligence satellite orbiting in orbit from 1982 to 1982 was hit by the missile. It was scattered. at least 14 piecesAccording to Seradata, there was enough debris to allow tracking. If confirmed, it would be Russia’s fourth such antisatellite test.

Photo taken on June 4, 2015 shows the Cupola. It is an observation deck that provides 360° views and allows remote control for docking or undocking of spacecraft at the International Space Station. Scott Kelly/NASA via AP
Source: Associated Press

It was a difficult task for the seven astronauts onboard the ISS to communicate with each other. repeatedly take safety measuresMonday: They hid in their capsules, as the station passed by orbiting junk.

“We are actively working to characterize the debris field and will continue to ensure all space-faring nations have the information necessary to maneuver satellites if impacted,” U.S. Space Command said. “We are also in the process of working with the interagency, including the State Department and NASA, concerning these reports and will provide an update in the near future.”

The ISS was launched last week. had to alter its orbit after a chunk of an old Chinese satellite ― created by an antisatellite missile test by the Chinese in 2007 ― came close to the station.

Space debris even tiny pieces can cause serious damage to the station. A 5mm (0.20-inch) thick piece of space debris traveled at 17,500 mph in June. punched a hole through a thermal blanket wrapped around the station’s 60-foot robotic Canadarm2.


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