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Tselina Spacecraft Platform Destroyed In Russian Anti-Satellite Test

The Russian government apparently tested a direct-ascent anti-satellite missile on November 15th, 2021. It struck a Russian satellite, creating a large debris field in low-Earth orbit.

Both the United States and the Soviet Union explored a variety of technologies to destroy satellites in orbit; the earliest occurred in the late 1950's; see the anti-satellite weapon page on Wikipedia for a summary.

As far as I know, the earliest reference in science fiction to the idea of a satellite being deliberately destroyed from Earth was in The Shockwave Rider by John Brunner, published in 1975. He described a satellite sanded in orbit, where "sanded" comes from "search and destroy.

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