NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Satellite Takes Off From Cape Canaveral After Delay

Artist concept of TESS in front of a lava planet orbiting its host star

Artist concept of TESS in front of a lava planet orbiting its host star

SpaceX has launched NASA's planet-hunting satellite TESS into outer space Wednesday evening from Cape Canaveral. NASA TV's live coverage of the launch is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. PDT. SpaceX successfully landed the rocket's first stage on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, marking the 24th time SpaceX has recovered one of its boosters.

Blastoff followed a two-day launch postponement forced by a technical glitch in the rocket's guidance-control system. NASA says it's somewhere between the size of a refrigerator and a stacked washer and dryer. Exoplanets are planets that orbit a star in any solar system other than the one Earth calls home. NASA insists there's no chance of Tess hitting any other satellites or running into the moon, which should never be anywhere close. It will take Tess two weeks to circle Earth.

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NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports that TESS will scan almost the entire sky for alien worlds. "With TESS, we're going to be able to get the masses for most of the planets and go the next step and study the composition of the atmospheres".

NASA on Wednesday blasted off its newest planet-hunting spacecraft, TESS, a $337 million satellite that aims to scan 85 percent of the skies for cosmic bodies where life may exist.

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Associate Administrator for NASA Science Mission Directorate, Thomas Zurbuchen, said: "The NASA TESS spacecraft is now safely in space after a attractive launch". This broad view will allow TESS to study about 20 million stars, according to Dr. George Ricker, the mission's principal investigator and a scientist at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

ALIEN LIFE: Tess has no instruments capable of detecting life. "By looking at such a large section of the sky, this kind of stellar real estate, we open up the ability to cherry-pick the best stars for doing follow-up science", said Burt.

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The planned launch of TESS comes on the heels of NASA delaying the liftoff of its hotly-anticipated James Webb Space Telescope. Giant telescopes still in construction or on the draw zing board also will lend a hand.

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