NASA called the destruction of India's satellite last week a "terrible, terrible thing" and said the space debris created by the explosion should now be considered a threat to the International Space Station and astronauts on board. Last week, India deliberately destroyed one of its own rocket companions, a move that Prime Minister Narendra Mody had met as one who established India "as a cosmic force."
But NASA Administrator Jim Bridentalna told officials Monday that this is an "unacceptable" threat to the astronauts aboard the ISS.
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He said the satellite has broken down into pieces, many of these pieces are enough large to pose a danger to the space station, but not large enough to be tracked. It is not clear exactly how many pieces of residue are created by the satellite.
" This kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human space flights. "
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Six crew members currently live on the ISS board.
A software engineering company called Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI) has done a simulation of the debris created by the anti-satellite test it publishes on YouTube.
"We modeled 6500 fragments, mainly those that were larger, more than half a centimeter," said Tom Johnson, vice president of engineering for Analytical Graphics Inc.
India downplayed the risk of debris after firing its missile, leading scientists say last week that it expects the debris to burn in less than 45 days.
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G. Satheesh Reddy, the head of the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization, said a miniature military companion was chosen to reduce the risk of debris.
"So we did it at a lower altitude, it will disappear in no time," he told Reuters. "The remains are moving right now. How many debris we try to understand, but our calculations are that they must disappear within 45 days.
US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan warned a day after India's test that the event could create a mess in space.