NASA satellite to launch will seek new exoplanets

NASA� is sending its newest satellite into orbit

This Monday, a new space telescope is traveling.

"In a few years' time, we may very well know that there are other habitable planets out there, with breathable atmospheres", he said. Possibly also earth-like, on which life would be possible. Using four wide-field cameras developed by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, TESS will observe each one over the course of its quest.

The launch vehicle, a Falcon 9, is a two-stage rocket with nine Merlin engines to boost the first stage and a single Merlin engine to power the second, according to the space agency. TESS stands for "Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite" - in German: satellite for the collection of passing exoplanets.

TESS is looking for small, rocky, Earth-like planets, which are most likely to be found orbiting red dwarfs like Barnard's Star, named after the Vanderbilt astronomer who first discovered it. Looking at light from across the whole sky, she said, it will inevitably find something to satisfy nearly everyone in the astronomy community. That is why they are virtually invisible to optical telescopes.

TESS and Kepler utilize a similar arrangement of identifying planetary travels, or shadows give a role as they go before their star.

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NASA calls TESS its "next step" in discovering exoplanets - a planet that orbits a star in any solar system other than the one Earth calls home - "including those that could support life".

The problem is that Kepler's narrow but deep look into the cosmos turned up a lot of extremely far-off exoplanets thousands of light years away. Astronomers have validated 2,600 of its observations, and thousands more are awaiting confirmation. In addition to the technical difficulties, another reason for NASA to send TESS a successor to space. Most refrigerators are bigger. He is interested in the variations in brightness of the stars that will be observed by Tess. The satellite, developed by scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, aims to discover thousands of nearby exoplanets, including at least 50 Earth-sized ones. TESS will screen an area 350 times larger. Its powerful vision will have the capability to analyse the atmospheres of some of Tess's new worlds, to look for gases that might hint at the presence of life.

When active, TESS will collect 27GB of scientific data every day before being put through NASA's specialist algorithms, which are created to clean up the signal to remove any background interference. "It's the beginning of a new era of exoplanet research". The phone's Global Positioning System then uses the differences between those ticks to figure out its distance from each satellite, and uses that information to triangulate its own location in space.

Which's all in low-Earth orbit, he stated, with the station wheeling in wild, unforeseeable circles and half the sky shut out by a huge world, covering various pulsars every 45 minutes.

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