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- India launched a missile into space on Wednesday morning that intentionally destroyed one of its own satellites.
- The anti-satellite missile test, known as “Mission Shakti,” created a field of debris about 185 miles above Earth.
- Anti-satellite weaponry raises the risk of creating a large and lasting catastrophe in space called a “Kessler syndrome” event.
- Kessler syndrome describes a runaway cascade of space debris that would complicate and curtail human access to and use of space for centuries.
On Wednesday morning, India launched a missile toward space, struck an Earth-orbiting satellite, and destroyed the spacecraft.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a televised address shortly after the launch to declare the anti-satellite, or ASAT, test a success. He praised the maneuver, called “Mission Shakti,” as “an unprecedented achievement” that registers India as “a space power.” Modi also clarified that the satellite was one of India’s own, according to Reuters.
“Our scientists shot down a live satellite. They achieved it in just three minutes,” he said during the broadcast, adding: “Until now, only US, Russia, and China could claim the title. India is the fourth country to achieve this feat.”
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