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  • Gallery: TESS mission ascends atop SpaceX Falcon 9

    Michael ColeApril 19th, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — Liftoff of NASA's TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, took place at 6:51 p.m. EDT (22:51 GMT) April 18, 2018. SpaceFlight Insider's Visual Team covered the flight from multiple angles with still and video cameras and captured the mission's start in extreme detail.

  • NASA’s planet-hunting TESS launched by SpaceX Falcon 9

    Derek RichardsonApril 18th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — On a mission to search for planets outside of the Solar System, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) was launched into space atop a Falcon 9 rocket on the first leg of the spacecraft's multi-month journey to its final orbit high above Earth.

  • Launch of exoplanet-hunting TESS satellite delayed to Wednesday

    Derek RichardsonApril 16th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Spacecraft (TESS) has been postponed by at least 48 hours, according to SpaceX. The satellite had been scheduled to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 6:32 p.m. EDT (22:23 GMT) April 16, 2018.

  • Exoplanet-hunting TESS spacecraft ready for launch

    Michael ColeApril 15th, 2018

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX are set to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). If everything goes according to plan, the observatory will conduct a two-year mission to survey more than 85 percent of the sky, searching for exoplanets around bright stars in the 300-light-year distance range.

  • Scientists use Kepler telescope to study supernovae

    Laurel KornfeldApril 2nd, 2018

    NASA's Kepler space telescope was designed to discover exoplanets, but throughout its initial and extended missions, scientists have used its precision and ability to continuously collect data to study supernovae, the explosions produced by dying massive stars.

  • TESS scientist explains what the Goldilocks orbit is

    Jim SiegelFebruary 21st, 2018

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. -- NASA is planning on launching the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission about mid-April aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. TESS is planned to operate from a "sweet spot" so to speak, but Goldilocks zones and Goldilocks orbits aren't the same. 

  • Will NASA’s TESS spacecraft revolutionize exoplanet hunting?

    Tomasz NowakowskiJanuary 29th, 2015

    NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS ), planned to be launched in August 2017 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, is designed to discover thousands of exoplanets. Led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), TESS will focus on stars 30-100 times brighter than those surveyed by […]

  • SpaceX secures launch contract for Transitioning Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)

    Josh TallisDecember 17th, 2014

    NASA announced on Tuesday, Dec. 16 that Hawthorne, California-based Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX ) would provide launch services for the space agency’s upcoming exoplanet detection satellite. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS ) mission is slated for liftoff aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket in August of 2017.