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News Archive / Tagged: exoplanet

  • ESA’s CHEOPS satellite: the pharaoh of exoplanet hunting

    Tomasz NowakowskiMarch 18th, 2015

    Just like the Pharaoh Cheops, who ruled the ancient Old Kingdom of Egypt, ESA’s CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) could be, someday, ruling in the field of exoplanet hunting. It will be the first mission dedicated to search for transits by means of ultrahigh precision photometry on bright stars already known to host planets.

  • 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 […]