The authorities said that everything will burn in the atmosphere in 45 days.
Experts have found that 41 fragments of a satellite shot down by an anti-satellite rocket by India are still in orbit. Half of them went up to the orbit over the ISS and began to threaten the astronauts at the station. This was reported by the publication Independent.
According to astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, three months after the satellite’s destruction, 41 out of 400 fragments are still in orbit. Indian authorities have argued that all the garbage will burn in the atmosphere for a few weeks, but experts believe that it will take about a year.
At the same time, astronomers discovered that 24 fragments reached a height above the ISS orbit, which is 408 kilometers above the Earth. NASA called the destruction of the satellite “unacceptable” threat to the station crew.
The agency can track only fairly large pieces of the device with a diameter of 10 centimeters and it is unknown how many more smaller parts are around. The head of NASA, Jim Brydenstein also said that such actions are “incompatible with future human flights into space.”
The website of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the missile tests were conducted in low orbit to ensure that there is no threat of debris. The authorities also claimed that in the event of debris, he would return to Earth “within a few weeks.”
India hit its own satellite in space on March 27. The country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, then called it “a great success” and noted that India had confirmed its right to be called “cosmic power”.