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"If this year has taught us anything, it is to think big - to go after something unreachable". TESS is an Earth-orbiting instrument meant to spot faraway planets circling some 200,000 stars within 300 light-years of Earth.

To date, SpaceX has successfully landed Falcon 9 first stages 23 times and re-flown 11 of them.

NASA's 798-pound (362-kilogram) Transiting Exoplanet Survey satellite is perched atop the rocket to begin a two-year all-sky survey in search of planets around bright stars in our solar neighborhood. The 30-second launch window opens at 6:51 p.m. EDT, or 22:51 UTC.

The Article from Space X's Next FALCON 9 Launch - Delay Launch of TESS.

The plan is expected to get approval from the L.A. Board of Harbor Commissioners Thursday, and SpaceX has already moved in some hardware, including a tooling for making carbon-fiber composites for the rocket's upper stage.

The company hopes to land this first stage on a floating ocean platform following liftoff, and reuse it on a space station supply run for NASA this summer.

SpaceX is apparently working on a unique method to recover the upper stage of a rocket after it has delivered its payload to orbit.

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The Falcon 9 rocket reaches Max Q, the point of maximum aerodynamic pressure.The Falcon 9's nine Merlin 1D engines shut down.

An artist's conception shows the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

Follow-up observations by ground-based and space-based telescopes will help characterize the planets' sizes and compositions, and possibly analyze their atmospheres for signatures of habitability.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite separates from the Falcon 9 rocket in its elliptical high Earth transfer orbit. This is the first time that humans have used an orbiting surveyor to search almost the entire sky for new planets, compared to previous efforts that have scanned just a tiny percentage of what we can see. That will produce better targets for future study.

"If you look at what Kepler found, nobody assumed there'd be a planet that might be made all of diamond, or all that there could be worlds that are all covered in water, or things like that", said Volosin.

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