NASA satellite to launch will seek new exoplanets

NASA satellite to launch will seek new exoplanets

NASA satellite to launch will seek new exoplanets

Nevertheless, NASA reports TESS is "in excellent health" and remains ready for launch, which has been rescheduled for Wednesday night.

A mission of NASA's TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) was expected to blast off at 6.32pm EDT (11.32pm GMT) from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Monday, April 16.

The Launch team of the TESS is standing down in order to run a test involving the guidance navigation system and control analysis of the rocket.

Scheduled for launch yesterday, the start of NASA's TESS mission was postponed by 48 hours due to a mysterious GNC issue aboard the Falcon 9 rocket. NASA stated that spacecraft will fly in a unique orbit that will allow it to study almost the entire sky over two years.

NASA estimates that its exoplanet-seeking satellite will track down around 20,000 planets beyond our solar system, Phys.org reports.

The mission will officially begin after 60 days, once TESS gets to establish an orbit around Earth and it tests its instruments in space.

TESS will survey far more cosmic terrain than its predecessor, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, which launched in 2009, taking in some 85% of the skies. NASA plans to send TESS into orbit on a two-year mission.

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The data will be collected during a two-year period in which TESS will survey the entire sky by breaking it into 26 equal sectors. The planet-hunting spacecraft will use a special, highly-elliptical orbit, with a 2:1 lunar resonance, shows Spaceflight 101.

The Tess satellite will scan nearly the entire sky, staring at the brightest, closest stars in an effort to find any planets that might be encircling them.

TESS will look for dips in the visible light of stars for detecting exoplanets as they cross in front of stars along our line of sight to them.

Ricker and other scientists said the planetary catalog generated by TESS could well become the guidebook for that armada. Astronomers hopes that TESS will help them learn whether or not there are other habitable planets, or even life beyond the Solar System.

"One of the numerous stunning things that Kepler let us know is that planets are all over the place and there is a wide range of planets out there". And unlike Kepler, the new observatory is optimized to study light from the most common stars in the galaxy, reddish M dwarfs that are smaller and cooler than Earth's sun.

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