1. SOUNDBITE (English) Patrick Murphy, NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate:
"Last Wednesday India held a anti satellite test. Now this test created a cloud of orbital debris that's flying in low earth orbit and so when I think of all the debris that they're tracking it's the size of my fist. Several several pieces of that. Now that's potentially of high risk to NASA assets and more importantly to our NASA astronauts. What's NASA's reaction to that?"
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator:
"It is absolutely true that intentionally creating orbital debris fields is not compatible with human spaceflight. Here's what we know about the most recent direct ascent anti-satellite test that was done by India. We know that we have identified 400 pieces of orbital debris from that one event. That's what's been identified. Now all of that cannot be tracked. What we are tracking right now -- objects big enough to track. We're talking about 10 centimeters or bigger -- about about 60 pieces have been tracked. In other words, we've got a tracking number and were able to keep--keep up with where they are. Of those 60 we know that 24 of them are going above the apogee of the International Space Station. That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris in an apogee that goes above the International Space Station and that kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight that we need to see have happened. We are charged with commercializing low earth orbit. We are charged with enabling more activities in space than we've ever seen before for the purpose of benefiting the human condition. Whether it's pharmaceuticals or printing human organs and 3D to save lives here on Earth. Or manufacturing capabilities in space that aren't you're not able to do in a gravity well. Like all of those are placed at risk when these kinds of events happen and when one country does i,t then other countries feel like they have to do it as well. So, Patrick, I'm with you. I get it and I understand it. It's unacceptable and NASA needs to be very clear about what its impact to us is."
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