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Next Mission to Search for New Worlds

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NASA Prepares to Launch Next Mission to Search Sky for New Worlds

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NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is undergoing final preparations in Florida for its April 16 launch to find undiscovered worlds around nearby stars, providing targets where future studies will assess their capacity to harbor life.

“One of the biggest questions in exoplanet exploration is: If an astronomer finds a planet in a star’s habitable zone, will it be interesting from a biologist's point of view?” said George Ricker, TESS principal investigator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research in Cambridge, which is leading the mission. “We expect TESS will discover a number of planets whose atmospheric compositions, which hold potential clues to the presence of life, could be precisely measured by future observers.”

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Astra.

Thanks to NASA...there's so many exciting months and years ahead with space exploration and what may be discovered.  

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Likely Guy

"Our seven year mission... to seek out new worlds..." - Capt. James T. Kirk

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Astra.
36 minutes ago, Likely Guy said:

"Our seven year mission... to seek out new worlds..." - Capt. James T. Kirk

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Merc14

Can't wait to see TESS in action and things will only get better when JWST starts using some of its data to do deep studies on exoplanet atmospheres.

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Waspie_Dwarf
On 3/29/2018 at 4:27 PM, Merc14 said:

Can't wait to see TESS in action and things will only get better when JWST starts using some of its data to do deep studies on exoplanet atmospheres.

Not just the JWST. ESA is planning to launch a mission, called Ariel (see this topic) dedicated to examining the atmospheres of hot planets. We'll have to wait until 2028 for this mission though.

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Merc14

All is go for a 2232 GMT Monday evening launch of TESS onboard its Falcon 9 rocket! 

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Waspie_Dwarf
19 hours ago, Merc14 said:

All is go for a 2232 GMT Monday evening launch of TESS onboard its Falcon 9 rocket! 

Today's launch attempt has been scrubbed. The next launch opportunity is on Wednesday at 22:51 GMT (18:51 EDT).

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Merc14
1 hour ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

Today's launch attempt has been scrubbed. The next launch opportunity is on Wednesday at 22:51 GMT (18:51 EDT).

:angry:  Doing more GNC (Guidance, Navigation, Control) analysis apparently.

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