Space debris from Russian anti-satellite test will be a safety threat for years

Space debris created by a Russian anti-satellite missile test will pose a threat to satellites in low Earth orbit as well as astronauts aboard the International Space Station for years to come, experts reveal. 

The anti-satellite test (ASAT) targeted the defunct Soviet surveillance satellite Kosmos 1408, which orbited at an altitude of about 404 miles (650 kilometers) above Earth. The 2-ton spacecraft, dead since the mid-1980s, broke apart into at least 1,500 trackable fragments immediately upon the strike, creating a large cloud of debris. The space debris has forced  the astronauts and Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) to repeatedly take refuge in their transport vehicles. 

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