NASA’s New Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Launches on Monday (page 4)

Credit: NASANASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will zero in on 200,000 stars, which could potentially yield hundreds of new exoplanet discoveries. TESS will target areas of the sky where new planets will likely be easier to spot than those studied by the venerable Kepler Space Telescope, giving observatories on the ground a better chance of confirming the discovery of new exoplanets. TESS is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base April 16 and will make its way to an Earth orbit with lowest and highest altitudes of 67,000 miles and 232,000 miles. It will study different parts of the sky in observing campaigns of almost one month each, ferrying data back to Earth about what it sees. Like Kepler, TESS will examine stars and look for the telltale dimming, or “transit,” that takes place when a planet goes across the star's face. The observatory's information will be beamed back to the ground where other telescopes can look for small tugs or wobbles in the star's position, w

NASA’s New Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Launches on Monday

The launch is currently scheduled for April 16 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The post NASA’s New Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Launches on Monday appeared first on ExtremeTech.

Fri 13 Apr 18 from Extremetech

NASA's TESS spacecraft may find 1,600 new planets in the next two years

On Monday evening, NASA plans to launch a brand new satellite into orbit, courtesy of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Called TESS (the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), the spacecraft ...

Fri 13 Apr 18 from Engadget

SpaceX Rocket Is Ready to Launch NASA's Next Planet-Hunting Telescope

SpaceX is gearing up to launch NASA's next big exoplanet hunter on Monday (April 16), with a successful test-fire of its Falcon 9 rocket under its belt.

Fri 13 Apr 18 from SPACE.com

The space agency’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is scheduled for launch next week and is expected to add significantly to the number of known exoplanets.

Credit: NASANASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will zero in on 200,000 stars, which could potentially yield hundreds of new exoplanet discoveries. TESS will target ...

Fri 13 Apr 18 from Discovery News

NASA is about to step up its planet-hunting game with the launch of TESS

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will scan the neighboring sky, searching for dips in the brightness of stars that signal the presence of a planet. A few worlds TESS finds may be ...

Fri 13 Apr 18 from L.A. Times

NASA to launch its latest satellite for discovering Earth-like planets

NASA will be launching the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) next week and its goal is to search for distant, Earth-like planets. The mission will help scientists understand what ...

Thu 12 Apr 18 from Techspot

NASA’s newest spacecraft will scour the galaxy for undiscovered planets

Next week, NASA is launching its new exoplanet hunter: a satellite that will stare out at the cosmos searching for never-before-seen worlds. Dubbed TESS, the spacecraft is tasked ...

Thu 12 Apr 18 from The Verge

Meet TESS — he’ll be finding exoplanets for the next few years

NASA’s future planet hunter has arrived — and it’s set for glory. The Kepler telescope ushered in a new age of space exploration, enabling astronomers to discover thousands ...

Wed 11 Apr 18 from ZME Science

Inside the Clean Room with NASA's TESS Exoplanet Hunter (Images)

Space.com took a tour of the clean room at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the agency's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission was being prepped for its planned April ...

Tue 10 Apr 18 from SPACE.com

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