UPDATED 9:16 AM PT — Tuesday, April 2, 2019
NASA’s highest ranking official is speaking out on India’s recent decision to shoot down a satellite from space.
According to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, the country’s decision to shoot down its own satellite in efforts to show its military strength was a “terrible thing.”
This comes after Indian officials claimed the mission was safe, saying the remnants of the satellite will fall back to earth within weeks. However, Bridenstine is saying that’s not the case.
“The risk, and I’m talking about small debris impact to the International Space Station, the risk went up 44% over a period of 10 days,” he warned.
NASA said it has identified 400 pieces of debris in space, and are unable to track the smaller pieces
Although the threat level increased, the astronauts aboard the ISS are currently deemed safe, because they can maneuver the station as debris approaches.