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Today’s Deep Space Extra

16 Nov 2021, 17:04 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Russian anti-satellite test created huge debris cloud endangering the International Space Station and the astronauts aboard. A look into the James Webb Space Telescope’s 6.5-meter-diameter mirror.

Human Space ExplorationRussian ASAT test creates thousands of pieces of space debris, imperils ISSSpacepolicyonline.com (11/15): Russia conducted an unannounced anti-satellite test that generated an estimated 1,500 pieces of trackable debris and thousands more that are not trackable. Yesterday, State Department spokesperson Ned Price confirmed that Russia “recklessly conducted a destructive satellite test of a direct ascent antisatellite missile against one of its own satellites.” The first signs of concern that something was wrong came from reports that the ISS crew had to shelter in their Soyuz and Crew Dragon spacecraft yesterday and the ISS was on a path to reencounter the debris every 90 minutes. Asked if Russia had told the United States in advance about the test, Defense Department spokesperson John Kirby said they hadn’t.
NASA chief Bill Nelson condemns Russian anti-satellite testSpaceflightnow.com (11/15): NASA Administrator Bill Nelson expressed outrage on Monday in response to a Russian anti-satellite test that prompted the agency to call on the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to take ...

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