AZUZ: The leader of India says his country is now a space superpower. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a missile fired from the ground had successfully destroyed one of India's own satellites in low orbit. He made that announcement yesterday.
This is significant because until now, only three other countries have done this — the United States, Russia and China.
Prime Minister Modi called the exercise a historic feat and said having that capability to shoot down satellites would make India stronger. But his political opponents criticized as a publicity stunt with India's elections scheduled to begin on April 11th. Prime Minister Modi also said the missile operation was carried out only for India's defense and security.
But Pakistan, which is a both a neighbor and a rival of India, said that every country should avoid actions that could lead to the militarization of space.
India's space program has been steadily growing in recent years. It put a satellite into orbit around Mars in 2014. And India hopes to have a manned mission to space within the next three years.
莫迪总理称这项试验是历史性壮举，并称掌握击落卫星的能力使印度更加强大 。但是，莫迪的政治反对者指责此举是公开作秀，因为印度大选将于4月11日展开 。莫迪总理还表示，进行这项导弹试验只是为了确保印度的国防安全 。
近几年，印度的太空计划一直在稳步发展 。2014年，印度向火星附近轨道发射了一颗卫星 。印度还希望能在未来三年内执行载人太空任务 。
1. shoot down 击落(飞机、直升机、导弹等)；
Meanwhile, the US has been developing an alternative system to shoot down short and medium-range missiles.
2. be scheduled to do sth. (在时间上)安排，计划；
Representatives of more than 40 countries and organizations we re scheduled to meet in London Tuesday to discuss the effort.
3. carry out 实施；执行；实行；
He hasn't the funds to carry out his design.
4. lead to 招致；致使；导致；
I'm bound to say that it seems to me this is certain to lead to violence.