SpaceX to launch NASA planet hunter TESS

SpaceX will be getting set to launch a satellite for NASA of which aims to discover thousands of planets over two years.

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will be slated to head into orbit on Monday night aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Nicknamed “the planet hunter,” the $337 million TESS will be a follow-up to NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, which spent the last eight years searching the skies for as many planets outside our solar system as possible.

Kepler discovered over 2,0 planets however will be estimated to be only months away via running out of fuel as well as ending its mission. TESS will use its four wide-angle cameras to scan 400 times as much sky as Kepler, focusing on a range closer to Earth.

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