NASA's New Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Launches on Monday

Adjust Comment Print

The commercial space company is set to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, known as TESS, on Monday at 6:32 p.m. from Cape Canaveral. On board the 189-foot-tall United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will be NASA's InSight to spacecraft, destined for the Elysium Planitia region located in Mars' northern hemisphere to study the deep interior of the Red Planet and find traces of how it was formed.

NASA and others stress that Tess isn't going to seek for atmospheric or totally different indicators of life; it may't do that.

Once in orbit, Tess will spend about two years surveying 200,000 of the brightest stars near the Sun to search for planets outside our solar system.

Scientists depend on Tess to look out lots of of exoplanets - the time interval for planets outdoor our photograph voltaic system.

The sperm - carried to the station on Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon 9 - will be the subject of a number of experiments to see how space and low gravity affect male sex cells.

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been gathering images of the moon since 2009. "This special orbit will allow TESS's cameras to monitor each patch of sky continuously for almost a month at a time".

Road rage case: Navjot Sidhu goes on the back foot
The High Court set aside the order in December 2006 and held them guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. According to a report in The Hindu , Sidhu is said to have assaulted a man named Gurnam Singh over a parking dispute.

Take a virtual tour of the moon by watching NASA's latest video re-created in 4K resolution.

This artist's impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. Every star you see - plus a complete lot of lots of, even tens of hundreds of thousands further - will come beneath the acute stare of NASA's newest planet hunter.

TESS is the heir apparent to the wildly successful Kepler Space Telescope, the pioneer of planetary census.

Nonetheless looking from on extreme, Kepler alone has discovered larger than 2,600 confirmed exoplanets.

When a planet passes in front of the star, the star's light passes through the planet's atmosphere, using transit spectroscopy, the infrared telescope will look at the characteristics of that light to determine if there are life-supporting elements, including water.

TESS will tell James Webb what to look at, and the powerful telescope can look for the planets' atmosphere traces. Once it launches in 2020, the Webb telescope will serve as the "premier observatory" for the next decade as it will aim to serve thousands of astronomers around the world. Its biggest feature consists of a tennis court-sized sunshield that reduces the effect of heat from the Sun "more than a million times".