NASA’s Poised To Search For Exoplanets


NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite- known by its acronym TESS - has completed all certifications. It's is currently undergoing final preparations for an April 16 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.Initially slated for a two-year mission, TESS will ascend to an elliptical 13.7-day orbit around the Earth. It’s a unique and extreme orbit that varies as close as 67,000 miles and as far away as 232,000 miles from its home planet.