According to reports, the four astronauts on board the International Space Station had to seek cover Monday.
The State Department stated that Russia had conducted a “destructive Satellite Test of a Direct Ascent Anti-Satellite Missile,” which was responsible for more than
1,500 pieces space debris
“Russia’s dangerous, irresponsible behavior jeopardizes our long-term survival of outer space and clearly shows that Russia’s claims of opposing weaponization are disingenuous,” stated a spokesperson for State Department.
According to The Associated Press,Due to concerns about debris possibly hitting the space station, seven astronauts briefly went into docked pods.
According to the Associated Press, even a tiny fleck of paint could cause major damage to an international space station orbiting at 17,500 mph.
Russia’s space agency stated that the International Space Station had returned to normal operations at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Space.com.
Mission control, however, stated that debris is expected to continue to flow through the area the following day.