Pentagon says India debris expected to burn up in atmosphere

NASA Administrator said more than 400 pieces of orbital debris from test had been identified


Reuters April 04, 2019
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WASHINGTON DC: The Pentagon said on Thursday that it stood by Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan’s assessment last week that debris from an Indian anti-satellite weapons test would eventually burn up in the atmosphere, despite a subsequent, more negative assessment by NASA.

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Monday more than 400 pieces of orbital debris from the test had been identified, including debris that was traveling above the International Space Station — something he called a “terrible, terrible thing.”

Asked whether the Pentagon stood by Shanahan’s earlier assessment, spokesperson Charlie Summers said: “Yes.”

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