TESS: NASA, SpaceX’s collaboration in search for life outside Earth
- 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
- TESS would discover nearly 500 Earth-sized planets within
- 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.