NASA has its mission coming up that’s called TESS, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
. The plan is to survey earth’s orbit monitoring about 200,000 stars for exoplanets. The estimated sizes of the planets range from the same of the earth to at least its 4 times. The mission will launch by April 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
, Florida via a Falcon 9 rocket
of SpaceX. This spacecraft will be sent to a special higher orbit point of earth to perform observations with minimal interference from the atmosphere. MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be leading the mission. It gave out the statement: “TESS anticipates the discovery of thousands of exoplanets of all sizes around a variety of star types.” There will be a network of ground telescopes verifying the observations. According to NASA TESS principal investigator George Ricker, they will release public data every four months and will invite community-wide efforts for further cooperation of study and research of the same.
The TESS legacy will be a catalog of the nearest and brightest stars hosting transiting planets, which will endure as highly favorable targets for detailed investigations. - George Ricker, TESS principal investigator in 2015
The mission was selected in 2013 as the one under Explorer Program of NASA
consisting of a large craft for about $200 million. Stay tuned for the next update on this progressive venture of our earth.
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