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NASA launching planet-hunting telescope searching for habitable planets

16 April 2018

2 April space, the company performed a successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket with the spacecraft Dragon, who managed to deliver to the ISS the 2.6 MT of cargo.

On board is NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), created to find exoplanets.

The survey, also known as Tess, is NASA's next step in the search for exoplanets, including those that could support life.

Once in space, TESS will be looking for exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) orbiting the brightest stars in Earth's sky.

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The satellite will figure out "the most promising exoplanets orbiting relatively nearby stars", providing future researchers with an exhaustive set of new targets for more follow-up studies, including the potential to determine "their capacity to harbor life", the USA space agency said. - SpaceX is preparing to launch a NASA spacecraft Monday night that could help humans to one day find alien life.

Musk is presumably talking about the upper stage of the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket that serves as the workhorse booster for SpaceX launches.

The first year of observations will map the 13 sectors encompassing the southern sky, and the second year will map the 13 sectors of the northern sky. They measure tiny dips in a star's brightness that could indicate a planetary body passing in front of the camera's line of sight. However, Kepler only had access to a fraction of the sky and most of the stars it studied are extremely faint, making it hard for astronomers to look more closely at the planets.

NASA launching planet-hunting telescope searching for habitable planets