NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite or TESS is going to launch on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch is scheduled for April 16th, 2018. TESS is going to spend two years in the space surveying about 200,00 brightest stars which are near to the sun.
The NASA-funded spacecraft, whose size is not bigger than a size of a refrigerator, will be carrying four cameras. These cameras are built and designed at MIT, with wide one-eyed vision so that it can survey the nearest and brightest stars in the sky for the possible signs of life. Scientists hope that the TESS will help in identifying the transiting planets, and they will detect the planets with the help of images that are taken with TESS’s camera.
According to the Natalia Guerrero who is the deputy manager if TESS Objects of Interest said that “We are on this scenic tour of the whole sky, and in some ways, we have no idea what we will see.” He added by saying that “ It is like we are making a treasure map: Here are all these cool things. Now, go after them.”
According to sources, the main objective of the TESS is to give a wide range of opportunities and chance to study the different planets. The NASA officials also think that it will be a perfect subject for researchers in the future year’s ad this study will start a new era in exoplanet research. The Satellite will try to trace planets that are of the size of earth and find the traces of water for the purpose of tracing life on such planets which are different from other exoplanets hunter.
The mission will help the scientists to know about any other planet that is present close to the earth. It will also help to study the atmospheric condition of that particular planet and to find the characteristics of the planet.