Published: Sat, April 06, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

NASA Highlights Science on Next Northrop Grumman Mission to Space Station

NASA Highlights Science on Next Northrop Grumman Mission to Space Station

US Warns Nations Against Anti-Satellite Missile Test, Says "Don't Make Mess in Space".

Only three other countries - the US, Russia and China - have anti-satellite missile (ASAT) capabilities. The ministry of external affairs too has said the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure that there is no space debris.

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

Mozambique: Mass vaccination campaign launched amid rise in cholera cases
The disease is spreading rapidly, Unicef said. "The important thing is to get sick people into treatment as soon as possible". The burden of cholera is disproportionately carried by children and vulnerable groups.


Addressing the media for the first time after the anti-satellite launch on March 27 along with Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) G. Satheesh Reddy, Deputy National Security Advisor Pankaj Saran said that India is already actively engaged in all relevant worldwide negotiations on outer space, including a group of experts on prevention of arms race in outer space.

The situation had been quite similar back in 2007 where China had destroyed a satellite in a polar orbit. He remarked that the anti-satellite tests conducted by India created debris in low Earth orbit and this can prove to be detrimental to the interests of the launch customers of PSLV. Anti-satellite weapons are created to incapacitate or destroy satellites for strategic military purposes. Despite this, he proposes that this may still be a violation of the Outer Space Treaty 1967 "since they [other nations] might well suffer harmful interference with their own satellite operations". This test was conducted in an attempt to boost India's defence in space. This made India, a space power.

Troublingly, NASA says around two dozen pieces of the destroyed Indian satellite were flung to orbits higher than the ISS, which now orbits the Earth at an altitude of 410 kilometres (255 miles). G Satheesh Reddy, the head of the Defence Research and Development Organisation told Reuters that "The debris is moving right now". As per the simulation, the entire debris will decay in 45 days. The launch was reportedly detected by the USA but the lack of discussion with other space powers, in particular, raises the issue that space projects will continue to become confidential military ones rather than operations which encourage cooperation in the use of outer space.

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