Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon tests are rare but have been criticized because of the risk they create for crews in low-Earth orbit.
NASA said U.S. astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer had to take shelter in their docked capsules as the space station passed through the debris field.
James Dickinson, the general in charge of U.S. Space Command, accused Russia of continuing to "weaponize" space.
ASATs are high-tech space weapons possessed by a few nations — only the U.S., Russia, China, and India have demonstrated the ability to shoot down their satellites. India was the last to carry out such a test in 2019, creating hundreds of pieces of "space junk" in a test strongly criticized by other powers, including the U.S.
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