India Destroys Satellite – level 3
Last Wednesday, India carried out its first successful anti-satellite missile test. India destroyed the satellite in low-Earth orbit so that the debris would not be left out in space.
India’s prime minister announced the news a month ahead of the country’s general elections. Opposition leaders criticised the timing, and they are saying that Narendra Modi used this to gain popularity.
Others are also worried about the possibility of weaponising space. Three other countries (the USA, Russia and China) conducted similar tests. One critic is, unsurprisingly, India’s neighbour of Pakistan. The two countries have been fighting over the Kashmir region since the late 1940s.
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