FACT CHECK: Russia Makes Space Junk, Denies Danger to its Own Astronauts.

Russia’s Defense Ministry has confirmed that an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile was launched on November 15. The ASAT destroyed the Tselina-D, a defunct Russian spy satellite from 1982. This was Russia’s fourth space missile test and the first to hit its target.

On November 16, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu called the test a success and said the resulting debris was not a threat to other space vessels or astronauts.

“We have actually successfully tested a promising system,” Shoigu said. “It struck the old satellite with surgical precision. The resulting fragments do not pose any threat to space activities."

That is false.

U.S. officials said the destruction of Tselina-D formed a debris cloud of more than 1,500 pieces orbiting in threatening proximity to the International Space Station (ISS). Every 93 minutes, the ISS, orbiting at 261 miles above the Earth’s surface, crosses paths with the debris field, which is spread out at an altitude of 270-320 miles and traveling at 17,500 mph.

LINK: www.polygraph.info/a/fact-check-russia-iss-debris/31566614.html

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