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  • 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.

  • Astronomers observe nearly 500 exocomets around nearby star

    Paul Scott AndersonOctober 26th, 2014

    Comets have been in the news a lot recently, with the ongoing investigation of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the Rosetta spacecraft and the close flyby of Mars by comet Siding Spring this past week. But there is also another comet discovery – one much further out from our solar system. With the help of the HARPS instrument, on […]