Enlarge / Jeff Volosin, TESS project manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, holds a model of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. (credit: NASA) The wildly successful Kepler Space Telescope was designed to observe faint stars, and monitor them for brief dips in brightness that would indicate the passage of an object—most commonly a planet.

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    04/18/2018 - 10:39 am | View Link
  • Watch live: SpaceX to launch a small planet hunter for NASA [Updated]
    Wednesday update: SpaceX had to scrub Monday's launch attempt due to an unspecified issue with the Falcon 9 rocket's guidance, navigation, and control system. However, after engineers with the ...
    04/18/2018 - 10:20 am | View Link
  • SpaceX poised to blast off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS
    "All systems and weather are go for Falcon 9's launch of @NASA_TESS ... terrain than its predecessor, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, which launched in 2009. Citation: SpaceX poised to blast off NASA's ...
    04/18/2018 - 6:50 am | View Link
  • SpaceX rocket launches NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft
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    04/18/2018 - 5:00 am | View Link
  • NASA’s newest planet hunter launches successfully
    NASA's newest planet hunter was launched Wednesday ... detecting biosignatures on an exoplanet as small as Earth. For that, astronomers must await missions that are still in their concept phase and ...
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