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By Sarah Lewin, Space .com
According to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine created India's latest anti-satellite test 60 pieces of circuits that were large enough to track, of which 24 are higher than the international space station's orbit around Earth.
Bridenstine had hard words to say about India's test on April 1
"It's a horrible, horrible thing to create an event that sends debris into an apogee that goes over the international space station," said Bridenstine at the City Hall meeting, who was livestreamed on NASA television. "And that kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight, which we must see happen."
"We are in charge of marketing low ground, we is committed to enabling more activities in space than we have ever seen in order to take advantage of the human condition, whether it be drugs or the printing of human organs in 3D, to save lives here on Earth, or production capacity in space which you cannot do in a gravity, "he added. "All of these are at risk when such events happen – and when a country does, other countries feel they must do it too."
Bridenstine said NASA has identified 400 pieces of orbital remnants from the event, including those 60 greater than 10 centimeters in diameter that the agency can trace and 24, moving through the orbital height of the space station. From last week, the agency, together with the combined space operation center at Vandenberg, had estimated that the risk for the international space station with contagious waste consequences had increased by 44 percent over a period of 10 days.
(Bridenstine later added that, despite this increased risk, astronauts are still safe and that the international space station will be maneuvered if necessary to avoid dirt – even if it is unlikely to be necessary.)  "The good thing is that it is low enough in the Earth's circuit that it will always give way," says Bridenstine – while much of the waste from a Chinese anti-satellite test in 2007 is still in orbit.
Bridenstine talked about America's management of a database for situational awareness in space and space management that can be used for everyone in the world. Some of that responsibility will soon be transferred to the Trade Department of the Trump Administration Framework Directive-3, but it will remain critical to track debris, including what was created by India's test.
"But at the end of the day we need to be clear, with everyone in the world we are the only agency in the federal government that has human lives at stake here," said Bridenstine. "And it is not acceptable for us to allow people to create orbital waste areas that endanger our people."
"We must also be aware that these activities are not sustainable or compatible with human spaceflight," he says. added.
Last week, at a hearing in the American House, Bridenstine also discussed waste-forming operations, although he did not specifically refer to India's test.
"Debris ends up being there for a long time, if we destroy space, we won't get it back," he said at that time. "And it's also important to note that building waste fields on purpose is wrong … the whole world [has to] goes up and says if you have to do that, you have to pay a consequence – and right now the consequence is not paid. "
Originally released on Live Science.
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