Anand Mahindra slams NASA for blaming India; his anti-NASA tweet goes viral

Anand Mahindra slams NASA for blaming India; his anti-NASA tweet goes viral

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New Delhi, April 03: Indian businessman Anand Mahindra has slammed NASA for blaming ‘India’s ASAT test created 400 pieces of debris in space’.

He said on Tuesday that the US was being hypocritical after the country's space agency NASA termed India's anti-satellite missile test or ASAT test a "terrible, terrible thing."

Taking twitter, Anand Mahindra noted: "A case of the pot calling the kettle black". His anti-NASA tweet has got more than 8,552 likes and 3,109 retweets, within hours.

The test by India, in which a satellite was shot down at a low-orbit of 300 km, had created 400 pieces of debris, according to NASA. This had led to a risk for astronauts aboard the International Space Station or ISS.

"From a nation that created most of the debris in space over decades, this is an audacious statement," said Mr Mahindra in his tweet, reacting to NASA's comments. Anand Mahindra, an alumnus of Harvard University and Harvard Business School, is the chairman of Mahindra Group, a Mumbai-based business conglomerate which operates from aerospace to real estate and retail.

Playing down US concerns, India's foreign ministry had cited the low-orbit nature of the test and said the debris from the test would "decay and fall back on to the Earth within weeks."

But NASA chief Jim Bridestine blamed India saying, "What we are tracking right now, objects big enough to track - we're talking about 10 centimeters or bigger - about 60 pieces have been tracked. 24 of the pieces are going above the apogee of the International Space Station".