While India is stating it is a moment of utmost pride, the United States is tracking over 250 pieces of space debris from Mission Shakti.
The US State Department on Wednesday said Washington has taken note of India’s statement on ‘Mission Shakti’ while voicing concern over the issue of space debris.
“The issue of space debris is an important concern for the US government. We took note of Indian government statements that the test was designed to address space debris issues,” read a statement issued by the US State Department.
“The State Department saw PM Modi’s statement that announced India’s anti-satellite test. As part of our strong strategic partnership with India, we will continue to pursue shared interests in space and scientific and technical cooperation, including collaboration on safety and security in space,” it noted.
“India has entered its name as an elite space power. It is the fourth country to achieve this feat after the US, Russia and China. The ‘Mission Shakti’ operation was a difficult target to achieve, which was completed successfully within three minutes of the launch,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in an address to the nation.
“I have great faith in the qualities of hard work, determination and dedication and talent of our people. I have no doubt that together we can continue to build a strong, prosperous and secure India,” he added.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure there is no space debris.
"Whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back onto the earth within weeks," it added.