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New planet-hunting telescope begins search

By T.K. Randall
July 29, 2018 · Comment icon 6 comments



The hunt for extrasolar planets is now on. Image Credit: NASA
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is now on the hunt for habitable extrasolar worlds.
Designed to carry on where the Kepler Space Telescope left off, the new satellite launched in to space aboard a Falcon 9 rocket back on April 18th and officially began operations last week.

Scientists hope that TESS will find thousands of previously undiscovered extrasolar planets including many potentially habitable worlds in neighboring solar systems.
The most promising candidates will become targets for the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope.

"I'm thrilled that our planet hunter is ready to start combing the backyard of our solar system for new worlds," said Paul Hertz, director of NASA's Astrophysics division.

"With possibly more planets than stars in our universe, I look forward to the strange, fantastic worlds we're bound to discover."



Source: Space.com | Comments (6)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
This is cool and everything (don't get me wrong, I love space science, and wish it was funded like the human race cared. But no;†war is the money project.)...But...Maybe we should train our limited budgets on our own solar system first. There is so much we don't know.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
Think about this argument, and then take it to it's logical conclusion and you will see the error in it. If you argue that we shouldn't study exoplanets because there is much we don't know about the solar system then you have to argue that we shouldn't study the other planets in the solar system because there is so much we don't know about Earth. There is so much we don't know about† life on earth maybe we should only study biology and not study other sciences. There is much we don't know about the human body so maybe we shouldn't study other creatures. My arguments are, quite obviously, ridic... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer 4 years ago
I agree we need to look, but if we find one with life instead of just being suitable, do we have a game plan to go further?† I would hope so.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
Like what? We are very far short of having the technology to examine an exoplanet close up.
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer 4 years ago
True, but isn't necessity the mother of invention?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 4 years ago
You can't just magic up new technologies. We could no more build a starship than the Victorians could build a 747. Technology progresses step by step, discovery by discovery.†


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