WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - A group of U.S. senators on
Tuesday asked the Biden administration to do more to monitor and
respond to space debris following Russias anti-satellite test.
Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell, ranking Republican
Roger Wicker and two other senators asked Vice President Kamala
Harris and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo about debris issues.
The Russian test, which created over 1,500 new objects, has
drawn U.S. condemnation.
"This test provides a stark reminder that the United States
must strengthen its capabilities to monitor and respond to space
debris," the senators wrote, adding the test "raises concerns
about maintaining the long-term sustainability of the space
A spokeswoman for Harris declined to immediately comment,
while the Commerce Department did not immediately respond for a
request for comment.
On Tuesday, NASA indefinitely postponed a spacewalk planned
for Tuesday by two astronauts outside the International Space
Station, citing a "debris notification" for the orbiting
The letters, which were also signed by the chair of the
subcommittee overseeing space issues, John Hickenlooper, and the
top Republican Cynthia Lummis urged Harris to address protecting
the space environment during Wednesdays meeting of the National
Space Council. Harris chairs the council.
"We request that you advocate for aligning space
sustainability priorities and activities across the federal
government and work to develop international dialogue on norms
of responsible behavior in space," the senators wrote.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Andrea Ricci)