The launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has been delayed for at least 48 hours because of a technical problem with the SpaceX Falcon 90 rocket that is supposed to send it into space.
After all, Kepler was limited by the hardware on board, meaning it could only observe a small fraction of what was out there, with numerous stars too faint to detect the surrounding planets with great accuracy. Dr George Ricker of MIT's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research serves as principal investigator for the mission. It was proposed two years later as an important NASA mission and eventually approved in 2013.
While no reason for the change in schedule was mentioned, the agency said, "Launch teams are standing down today to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control analysis, and teams are now working towards a targeted launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) on Wednesday, April 18".
TESS improves upon its predecessor in several ways. From that vantage point, TESS will keep tabs on 200,000 of the brightest stars in our celestial neighborhood, looking for the telltale changes in brightness that result when a planet crosses over the star's disk. It searches for those particular spots because it's possible to take more detailed measurements of stars that are closer to their sun.
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Astronomers said they hope TESS will help catalog about 100 more rocky exoplanets for further study.
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.
The second stage Merlin 1D vacuum engine ignites for a six-minute burn to put the rocket and TESS into a preliminary parking orbit. All the information it gathers will be beamed down to a lab for algorithms to refine the data and extract important details from it.
The satellite known as Tess will survey nearly the entire sky, staring at the brightest, closest stars in an effort to find any planets that might be encircling them. "That's the equivalent of about 6,500 song files beaming down to Earth every two weeks".
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TESS is expected to reveal 20,000 planets beyond our solar system, known as exoplanets, Nasa said.
SpaceX and NASA TV will broadcast live video during TESS's launch at 6:32 p.m. EDT.
NASA is planning to launch a new planet-hunter, a Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite that'll sit in an elliptical orbit and scour depths of our cosmos in search of worlds similar to our own.
"We just got done with our launch readiness review, and all went well", said Omar Baez, senior launch director for the Launch Services Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in a pre-launch briefing on April 15.
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