Watch SpaceX launch NASA’s new exoplanet-hunting satellite this afternoon
Monday, 16 April 2018 () This afternoon, SpaceX will send a refrigerator-sized satellite into orbit for NASA to hunt for distant worlds far outside our Solar System. Called TESS, it’s the first NASA spacecraft that SpaceX will launch that is designed to peer deep into the cosmos.
TESS is NASA’s newest exoplanet hunter. The probe is tasked with staring at stars tens to hundreds of light-years from Earth, watching to see if they blink. When a planet passes in front of a distant star, it dims the star’s light ever so slightly. TESS will measure these twinkles from a 13.7-day orbit that extends as far out as the distance of the Moon.
"it will take about 60 days after launch for TESS to get to its intended orbit"
The satellite won’t get to its final orbit today....
NASA plans to launch a new planet-hunting telescope on Wednesday at 6:51 p.m. EST aboard a SpaceX rocket. The telescope, called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), may find thousands of worlds relatively close to Earth. Scientists hope to discover about 50 small, rocky planets that may...
It's almost time for SpaceX to launch NASA's TESS, a space telescope that will search for exoplants more across nearly the entire night sky. The launch has been... TechCrunch - TechnologyAlso reported by •News24 •BGR India •Space Daily •CrunchGear •TUAW •Fossbytes
After scrubbing its rocket launch on April 16, Elon Musk-owned aerospace company SpaceX plans to complete its mission for NASA on April 18 from Cape Canaveral.... bizjournals - BusinessAlso reported by •TechCrunch •Fossbytes
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched a planet-hunting satellite for NASA Wednesday that will measure the light from millions of stars, on the lookout for indications of Earth-like, potentially habitable.. Source: CBSN -
TESS is NASA's planet-hunting satellite that launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It had a 30-second launch window. The agency said the launch was originally scheduled for.. Source: Wochit News -
A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glitch... Source: Reuters Studio -
NASA and SpaceX team up for the historic launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Watch the launch -- and see the SpaceX boosters return to Earth -- from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Source: CNET - Affiliate -