Inside Space - October 22nd, 2018

Inside Space (Oct 22nd, 2018)

U.S. space security / 3-D rocket printer / Milky Way collision / Constellations named

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1. What China and Russia hears and sees in space is a greater threat than the missiles they are developing. Senior Intelligence Engineer Jeffrey Gossel told officials on Capitol Hill that U.S. adversaries's space infrastructure programs pose a real threat to U.S. satellite systems. "The order of battle for space is greatly increasing, it has tremendously increased over the last decade," Gossel said of secret sensors that could be observing U.S. military actions from space. "That's what's important. We want to keep them from having that data." --

2. NASA's OSIRIS-REx drops its speed in its second Asteroid Approach Maneuver (AAM-2). Since the AAM-1 on Oct. 1, the asteroid-seeking spacecraft will once again attempt to collect data this week from the B-type asteroid Bennu, which orbits the sun every 436 days and is potentially heading toward Earth. The OSIRIS-REx dropped its speed from 7,580 to 280 miles per day in the second maneuver and will do the same during the AAM-3 on Oct. 29 and AAM-4 on Nov. 12. By the beginning of December, the spacecraft will adjust its trajectory and perform flybys 12 miles from Bennu. -- SPACEDAILY

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3. A prior Blue Origin rocket propulsion engineer and ex-Space X employee have created a company that is advancing 3-D printers to build complex rocket parts. Relativity Space co-founder Tim Ellis is using laser sintering to manufacture rocket equipment far faster than any man can. "They're only printing parts here and there and cannibalizing launch systems from the bottom-up," Ellis said of spaceflight companies manufacturing spaceships. "The problem with that approach is that there are close to 100,000 parts in a rocket." -- BUSINESSINSIDER

4. The European Space Agency's Gaia Mission confirms a near collision between the Milky Way and the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy. "I was a bit shocked and I thought there could be a problem with the data because the shapes are so clear," Teresa Antoja, lead researcher, said of the near miss with the dwarf galaxy that occurred between 300 to 900 million years ago. The Gaia mission, which began in 2013, could not confirm the near-collision until recently due to the lack of technology, she said. -- EARTHSKY

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5. Russian state space corporation Roscosmos announced over the weekend it should have the answer to why the Soyuz failed to launch by the end of the month. Though a failed strap-on rocket booster could be the culprit behind the aborted mission more than a week ago, it will not be confirmed until Oct. 30, according to officials. Due to the launch failure, Russian officials have been unable to complete their investigation into a hole found on the International Space Station, which the country allegedly blames the U.S for intentionally creating. -- SPACENEWS

6. MIT scientists at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science break down how Earth's temperature heats up and cools down space by water vapor feedback. “It means we’re still good for now, but if the Earth becomes much hotter, then we could be in for a nonlinear world, where stuff could get much more complicated,” Daniel Koll, co-author of the study, said

7. NASA is celebrating 10 years of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope by naming some of the constellations it has found. Hulk, Godzilla and TARDIS are names of just three of the 21 unofficial constellations, invisible to the naked eye.

8. A group of Chilean astronomers have detected the largest galaxy cluster ever recorded by scientists. Hyperion -- named after a Greek mythology titan -- is reported to have a mass "one million billion" times of the sun.  

9. A central California walnut farmer finds a huge piece of space debris in his orchard. “We were a little reluctant at the beginning to issue a press release saying that it actually came from outer space, for fear it could have been a hoax,” Mark Bevins, with the Kings County Sheriff, said. The Hanford law enforcement officers admit it was the most exciting case they ever solved.  

10. America must stay ahead of other countries by building the Space Launch System, according to officials. With so many countries vying to be the best in space, America needs to be the maker of the most powerful rocket to date.  

Written and curated by Angela Underwood in upstate New York. After years of covering local and state-level politics as a Gannett journalist and tackling topics such as health and nutrition, Angela now enjoys covering stories that are out of this world. Follow her on LinkedIn here.

Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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