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SpaceX Falcon 9 Ready To Launch NASA's TESS Satellite From Cape Canaveral

18 April 2018, 12:43 | Clyde Nash

NASA's TESS Exoplanet Hunter Launches Today: Here's Where To Watch The Live Coverage

SpaceX Rocket Launching NASA's TESS Exoplanet Hunter Today Watch Live

NASA is set to open a new era in the search for alien life with the launch of TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite on Monday.

NASA's Dr Martin Still also said in a blog: "We expect to find a whole range of planet sizes between planets the size of Mercury or even the moon, our moon, to planets the same size as Jupiter and everything in between". Exoplanets are planets outside the solar system.

"TESS is going to dramatically increase the number of planets that we have to study", said Ricker.

TESS's launch had appeared on track earlier in the day, when SpaceX reported the weather was 80 percent favorable.

The satellite will seek to find exoplanets that have the most promising conditions for supporting life, NASA said.

In a tweet, the aerospace company said the team was standing down to run additional analyses on the guidance, navigation and control systems. Meanwhile, SpaceX will stay busy with some important launches like the debut of its "Block 5" Falcon 9 rocket.

"That is about 20 times what the Kepler mission was able to detect". "It's a reliability upgrade that combines reliability and reusability".

Plus, SpaceX will try to land Falcon 9's first stage on a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean, which is always a dramatic event to watch.

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"One of the many unbelievable things that Kepler told us is that planets are everywhere and there are all kinds of planets out there", Patricia Boyd, TESS guest investigator program lead at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center, told reporters in advance of the scheduled launch. SpaceX will try to recover the rocket's 16-story booster in a bid to save millions of dollars.

The Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2020, should be able to reveal more about planets' mass, density and the makeup of their atmosphere - all clues to habitability.

TESS is the successor to NASA's much-loved Kepler space telescope, which has found nearly two-thirds of the more than 3,700 exoplanets we now know about. More than 3,700 exoplanets have been confirmed to date using a variety of techniques.

TESS's prime mission is to survey up to 200,000 stars for a period of two years, with the goal of finding potential exoplanets that might be orbiting them.

Some might have Earth-like qualities, others may be unrecognizable.

"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". "Everybody always says, what's your favorite exoplanet?"

"This special orbit is key in potentially finding thousands of new planets outside our solar system".

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