In terms of exoplanets, NASA's Kepler space telescope has observed more than 300,000 stars and found more than 4,000 exoplanet candidates since it launched in 2009. "With TESS, we're going to be able to get the masses for most of the planets and go the next step and study the composition of the atmospheres".
NASA's TESS spacecraft will remain in an elongated orbit of the Earth, 67,000 miles away at the very least to keep it well outside of the Van Allen radiation belts. "The mission will find exoplanets that periodically block part of the light from their host stars, events called transits", NASA says in a Wednesday news release.
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Butler School Board Seeks New Member
At a previous Board of Education meeting, Kamberg said the county should "share in the tax burden" by allocating police resources. The board meeting is set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m.in the secondary center media room, and the press conference set for 4:15 p.m.
Roughly the size of a refrigerator with solar-panel wings and four special cameras, TESS will take about 60 days to reach a highly elliptical orbit between Earth and the moon to begin its observations.
NASA's Tess spacecraft has embarked on a quest to find new worlds around nearby stars that could support life.
The TESS mission, led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, is created to find potential planets orbiting stars close to Earth.
The planets discovered by Kepler are too distant and too faint for practical study.
United States and UK accuse Russian Federation of laying groundwork for massive cyber attack
Rob Joyce, the White House cyber-security coordinator has issued a range of actions including sanctions and indictments upon Russian Federation .
SpaceX halted Monday's countdown to make extra rocket checks.
But the rocket marks the first under a special certification SpaceX has obtained to carry one of NASA's highest-priority science instruments. The satellite was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Continuing its efforts to cut the cost of space missions by recovering rockets, SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a barge - named "Of Course I Still Love You" - in the Atlantic Ocean.
TESS will target 200,000 of the brightest stars in our celestial neighborhood, looking for the faint dimming of starlight as an exoplanet passes over a given star's disk.
Blue Jays-Ice Storm,2nd Ld-Writethru
The doubleheader between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals is scheduled to go ahead as planned. Fans with tickets to Tuesday's game will be able to attend both games of the double-header, the team said.