NASA to launch satellite in search of new worlds

UPDATE @ 9:30am: The launch of NASA’s planet-hunting satellite TESS has been postponed until Wednesday.

The satellite had been scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 8:30am AEST today.


EARLIER @ 7:30am: NASA will this morning launch a satellite that will search for new planets and analyse around 200,000 stars outside our solar system.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral air force Station in Florida at 8:30am AEST.

Once in orbit, TESS will analyse thousands of bright stars between 30 and 300 light-years away in search of new planets.

NASA Scientists believe they will find some giant planets, like Jupiter, but will also find planets that are similar in size to Earth.

It will take TESS just two years to survey almost the entire sky, with the satellite to begin its search in the Southern Hemisphere sky before moving onto the Northern Hemisphere next year.

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