Russian anti-satellite weapons test 'dangerous' - U.S

Russia launched an anti-satellite weapons test against its own satellite on Monday causing over a thousand pieces of debris.

The U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price sounded the alarm calling the test reckless and a risk to the International Space Station where astronauts and cosmonauts are on board:

"Russia's dangerous and irresponsible behavior jeopardizes the long term sustainability of outer space and clearly demonstrates that Russia's claims of opposing the weaponization of space are disingenuous and hypocritical."

The Russian military and ministry of defense were not immediately available for comment.

A message posted on Twitter by the Russian space agency saying the station was in the 'green zone.'

The seven-member space station crew - four U.S. astronauts, a German astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts were directed to take shelter in their docked spaceship capsules for two hours after the test. That's according to NASA.

Anti-satellite tests in space aren't a new thing.

The U.S performed the first anti-satellite tests in 1959, when satellites were rare and new.

Last April, Russia carried out another test of an anti-satellite missile.

But these recent tests have raised questions about the long-term sustainability of space operations essential to commercial activities to banking and GPS services.

Officials have said that space will increasingly become an important domain for warfare.

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