NASA's Next Planet Hunter Arrives in Florida Ahead of April Launch

Space.com | 2/18/2018 | Google+
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NASA's next exoplanet-hunting space telescope has arrived in Florida, two months ahead of its planned launch.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) was delivered via truck to NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Monday (Feb. 12), agency officials said. The spacecraft made the journey from the Dulles, Virginia, facilities of the aerospace company Orbital ATK, which had spent the last year building and testing TESS.

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TESS is scheduled to lift off atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket no earlier than April 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is next door to KSC.

The spacecraft will then spend at least two years studying more than 200,000 of the sun's closest and brightest stellar neighbors, looking for tiny brightness dips caused by planets trekking across the stars' faces. NASA's prolific Kepler space telescope has found nearly 2,500 confirmed exoplanets using this same "transit" technique.

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On Feb. 12, 2018, TESS arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, where the satellite will undergo final preparations for launch,...
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