Cooperation with ISRO remains intact, says NASA chief

The Pic of the Day Air Force Col. Nick Hague takes a stroll outside the ISS

The Pic of the Day Air Force Col. Nick Hague takes a stroll outside the ISS

The only three other members of space super league are the United States, Russia and China.

"An orbit of around 300km was chosen for the test for capability demonstration, and the objective was to avoid threat of debris to any global space assets", Reddy said.

Sanahan said that the threat the debris might pose to satellites in space is little.

The US military tracks objects in space to predict the collision risk for the ISS and satellites.

His remark comes days after the United States NASA raised concerns over "spread" of debris from the Anti-Satellite Test (A-SAT) test India conducted on March 27.

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The situation had been quite similar back in 2007 where China had destroyed a satellite in a polar orbit.

On Tuesday, the NASA had termed a "terrible thing" India's shooting down of one its satellites, saying the hit-to-kill mission created about 400 pieces of orbital debris. The issue of space junk is also one which India argues will be solved by the low orbit of the satellite. "That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight that we need to see have happen", he had said. "It's unacceptable, and NASA needs to be very clear about what its impact to us is". The missile was sacked from Odisha in East India and collided with a satellite in low-Earth orbit 300km away, Modi stated.

"Recently, we sent you a letter indicating a suspension of activities under the NASA-ISRO Human Space Flight Working Group", he wrote. The NASA chief is anxious about a copycat effect, in which other countries will now feel compelled to demonstrate their own anti-satellite capacity.

"There was a risk for 10 days and we have crossed that period", he told a press conference. The ISS is "still safe", he said, adding the ISS could be manoeuvred if necessary, a contingency he described as having "low" probability.

"Destroying satellites orbiting in altitude bands that are heavily used for both military and civil satellites also can have ripple effects, producing unsafe clouds of debris that could stay in orbit for decades or centuries, disabling or destroying any satellites they collide with", said Grego in a statement. India Becomes Elite Space Power With Successful "Mission Shakti" Test.

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