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Space arms race heats up as Russia admits to destroying a satellite with a space missile

When the head of the Pentagon Space Command, General Jay Raymond, warned last year that two Russian satellites in orbit had been stalking an American spy satellite above the earth, it was not clear if the satellites were capable of attacking an American surveillance spacecraft. Although that incident passed, it ushered in a new stage in the growing arms race in space. Technologies that were once in the realm of science fiction, such as satellites armed with bombs and spacecraft that can shoot lasers, are now a firm reality.

Earlier this month, Russia launched a missile from Earth that blew up one of its own satellites in a show of force that spurred a slew of international criticism. U.S. officials called the strike, which created a cloud of debris and forced the crew of the International Space Station to take evasive action and take shelter in their return ships, “dangerous and irresponsible.” NASA Chief Bill Nelson said that he was “outraged” by Russia’s “irresponsible and destabilizing action.”

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