NASA launches planet-seeking TESS satellite

National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) planet-hunting satellite TESS launched on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral after the originally scheduled Monday launch was rescheduled for further Guidance Navigation and Control analysis.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is set on a two-year mission to look for planets outside our solar system that could support life. TESS is expected to scan 200,000 of the brightest and closest stars in our solar neighborhood.

For the first two months, the $433 million, washing machine-sized spacecraft will establish an orbit around Earth and test its instruments and then is mission will officially begin.


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