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Russia seeks to reassure ISS astronauts after missile claims

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Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s space agency said on Tuesday its “main priority” was the safety of the International Space Station’s crew, after the US accused Moscow of putting the astronauts under threat with a missile strike. US officials on Monday denounced Russia for conducting a “dangerous and irresponsible” missile test that blew up one of its own satellites, creating a debris cloud that forced the ISS crew to take evasive action. The move reignited concerns about a growing arms race in space, encompassing everything from laser weapons to satellites capable of shunting others out of orbit. In i…

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