TESS: NASA, SpaceX’s collaboration in search for life outside Earth

Highlights:

  • The search for the cosmic real estate is about to begin anew with NASA and SpaceX joining hands for their all-new combined mission.
  • NASA’s little spacecraft, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, will ascend on a Falcon 9 rocket of the SpaceX to go up in the space on April 16.
  • TESS, abound with cameras and ambition, would be staying between the moon and the Earth for at least two years, scanning the sky for alien worlds.
  • TESS would discover nearly 500 Earth-sized planets within 300 light-years.
  • This would let the new generation of telescopes on Earth and in space study looking for habitability, and perhaps even inhabitants.
  • TESS is the latest effort to answer questions that have intrigued mankind for the last 30 years.
  • Evidence of even a single microbe anywhere else in the galaxy is sure to stun science.
  • Over a decade ago, astronomers didn’t know if planets outside our solar system existed, too or, if there were any, whether they could ever be discovered or not.
  • But post-1995, after the discovery of a planet circling the sun-like star 51 Pegasi, there has been a revolution.
  • NASA’s spacecraft, Kepler, discovered near about 4,000 possible planets in the Milky Way galaxy, after it was launched in 2009.
  • Most stars with planets were really far away from our galaxy and TESS would only fill in planets around nearby stars.
  •  According to TESS, there would be more than just planets in the universe.