Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Satellite Will Scan the Cosmos for Alien Worlds

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Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
Illustration of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). The satellite will identify thousands of potential new planets for further study and observation.GSFC / NASA

     With help from NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft, astronomers have identified more than 2,000 planets beyond our solar system over the past decade. Now the space agency is sending up a new satellite that promises to be even better at
By Denise Chow
NBC News
sniffing out alien worlds — with the hope that we may finally be able to find one that harbors extraterrestrial life.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to lift off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday, April 16, at 6:32 p.m. EDT.

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