Hazardous Debris from India’s ASAT Missile still orbiting the space. (Representational Image)
It has appeared that the hazardous debris of a redundant satellite that was taken down by India with an anti-satellite (ASAT) missile is still hovering in the orbit. The debris is supposedly still there in the orbit and will remain there for the entire year before it fall down to earth. A news on similar lines was surfaced when Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet was thought to have occupied Mars with “tardigrades”, which are microscopic water bears in the space. Nevertheless, it remains a mystery as of now whether these “tardigrades” can reproduce and populate the surface of moon or not.
Meanwhile, The Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile, known to be Mission Shakti, was a secret mission where any respective details were not made public until the work was successfully executed. A redundant satellite in low earth orbit of 300 km was demolished in the matter of three minutes. This feat was earlier achieved by Russia, U.S. and China.
Now, the matter of concern is safety in regard to other spacecrafts that are orbiting the space. It is speculated that the debris of satellite that was destroyed by ASAT missile might damage other spacecrafts, provided the fast travelling speed of the debris. These debris are still hovering around Earth’s orbit at thousand miles an hour speed. In case the debris collide with other satellites at such a high speed, it will cause massive damage and will leave the satellites completely inoperable. In addition, this will be increase the congestion that is pre=existing there in the orbit.