Russian Ministry of Defense shows video proving that ISS is not in danger
15:46, 17 November 2021
The Russian Ministry of Defense published a video on Wednesday showing that fragments of a satellite that was destroyed as a result of the Russian missile test don’t threaten the International Space Station (ISS).
The Russian space military officials said that they visualized the situation in outer space, based on real data.
"The video image clearly shows that objects move in orbits with different inclinations in different planes. In addition, the ISS is located 40-60 kilometers below the fragments of the destruction of the spacecraft," the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
During the tests, the Russian space control system carried out continuous turn-by-turn control with forecasting the situation for each wreck.
"From the moment of their appearance, the fragments of any satellites don’t pose any threat to the ISS. The alleged risks for the ISS do not correspond to reality," the Russian Defense Ministry concluded.
Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that Russia carried out the space missile tests, during which an inoperative Russian spacecraft was successfully hit.
On November 16, the US officials said that the Russian anti-satellite weapon test posed a threat to astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).
US State Department's spokesperson Ned Price added that the Russian anti-satellite missile has created over 1,500 pieces of trackable orbital debris and hundreds of thousands of pieces of smaller orbital debris.