Falcon 9 launch timeline with TESS

Tess will search for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits

After this list has been compiled, NASA says the TESS mission will use the planets' size, orbit and mass to determine their composition. "On average the stars that TESS observes are 30-100 times brighter and 10 times closer than the stars that Kepler focused on". It was proposed two years later as an important NASA mission and eventually approved in 2013.

The BBC understands that scientists on the mission also want a delay so they can run some extra checks on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite itself.

TESS improves upon its predecessor in several ways. Scientists expect to discover thousands of planets that, over time, will undergo further scrutiny by powerful telescopes in space and on Earth. It searches for those particular spots because it's possible to take more detailed measurements of stars that are closer to their sun.

The satellite will look for transits or occasional light-blocking events that result due to the presence of a planet orbiting a star, according to a statement from NASA. Of these, approximately 300 are expected to be Earth-sized and super-Earth-sized exoplanets, which are worlds no larger than twice the size of Earth.

TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is shown in this photo. All the information it gathers will be beamed down to a lab for algorithms to refine the data and extract important details from it.

TESS's prime mission is to survey up to 200,000 stars for a period of two years, with the goal of finding potential exoplanets that might be orbiting them. "That's the equivalent of about 6,500 song files beaming down to Earth every two weeks". This move will find thousands of new planets outside the solar system known as exoplanets, including those that could support life.

NASA's latest space-bound astrophysics instrument will be carried aloft by a Falcon 9 rocket from the fleet of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's private launch service, Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.

NASA emphasized that the satellite, which is a little smaller than a subcompact vehicle, was in "excellent health and remains ready for launch" from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Elon Musk's aerospace manufacturer company, SpaceX all set to launch a refrigerator-sized satellite to orbit on April 18, Wednesday, where it will hunt for another earth. The backup if that happens is to launch the following day.

But soon afterward, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told SpaceX there's a government restriction that requires a license to show views of Earth from space.

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