Vice President Kamala Harris announces US ban on anti-satellite missile tests

Vice President Kamala Harris announced Monday night that the Biden administration is setting a self-imposed ban on anti-satellite missile testing

with the goal of making it an "international norm for responsible behavior in space."

The U.S., China, India and Russia have all carried out such tests, which generate dangerous space debris. The U.S. is the first to impose such a ban.

"Simply put, these tests are dangerous, and we will not conduct them," Harris said during remarks at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

The vice president said the U.S. hopes other nations will follow suit.

The U.S. has identified and tracks over 1,600 pieces of debris that Russia created when it used a missile to destroy a satellite in November

Harris said. Russia's direct-ascent anti-satellite missile test created a field of debris that threatened the International Space Station.

This debris presents a risk to the safety of our astronauts, our satellites and our growing commercial presence