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TESS to Explore Exoplanets

TESS to Explore Exoplanets

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Categories: natural history, video, space science, art and design, environment

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will explore the Milky Way galaxy looking for planets orbiting other stars. TESS will be launched by the Falcon-9 rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX to transport satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The Falcon-9 the first rocket completely developed in the 21st century. Acccording to NASA, during its two-year star survey TESS will monitor 200,000+ stars for drops in brightness caused by planets as they orbit a star. It will scan a portion of the Milky Way for stars with transiting planets. Tess will identify exoplanets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants circling stars 30-300 light years distant.

TESS was successfully launched by the Falcon-9 rocket and is now in orbit and the planet hunt begins!

 

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