The United States wants to investigate where the space junk that endangered the International Space Station came from. One theory: the junk comes from a Russian missile test.
The basics in brief
- The crew of the International Space Station had to reach safety due to space debris.
- Now the United States is investigating the origin of space junk.
- The theory of a possible Russian missile test is currently being discussed.
After astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) had to temporarily reach safety due to space debris, the theory of a possible Russian missile test became the origin of debris in space.
On Monday, the US Armed Forces’ Space Command said it had learned of “wreckage in space”. “We are actively working on the characterization of the debris field.” The seven astronauts aboard the International Space Station – among them German Matthias Maurer – were reported to have previously been temporarily withdrawn to two space shuttles docked at the station due to space debris. SpaceX Crew Dragon and Soyuz space capsules can be used for emergency evacuation.
Russian anti-satellite missile test
The Russian space agency Roscosmos later reported that the debris field had moved away from the International Space Station. The station is in the green zone.
Meanwhile, suspicions have been raised that space debris may have been the result of a Russian anti-satellite missile test. One of these tests destroyed an old Soviet satellite called Cosmos 1408, the company Seradata, which specializes in satellite data. Its debris could now threaten the International Space Station. Harvard astronomer Jonathan McDowell also thinks this explanation is possible.
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