Head of space agency says shooting down low-orbiting satellite was a ‘terrible, terrible thing’

The head of Nasa has branded India’s destruction of one of its satellites a “terrible thing” that had created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to new dangers for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Jim Bridenstine was addressing employees five days after India shot down a low-orbiting satellite in a missile test to prove it was among the world’s advanced space powers.

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