SpaceX rocket booster lands on floating platform; Tess satellite headed toward orbit

19 April, 2018, 06:08 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Artist concept of TESS in front of a lava planet orbiting its host star

NASA's Tess spacecraft embarked Wednesday on a quest to find new worlds around neighboring stars that could support life. Hundreds of thousands of stars will be scrutinized, with the expectation that thousands of exoplanets — planets outside our own solar system — will be revealed right in our cosmic backyard.

"A cool part, from the Australian perspective, is that the first year of TESS's mission will be spent looking at stars in the southern sky", says Horner. TESS will aim to detect this tell-tale drop, potentially discovering thousands of new worlds, from Earth-sized rocky planets to colossal gas giants.

Does life exist beyond Earth? It's not designed for that. The Webb telescope is created to examine the atmospheres of exoplanets to look for traces of oxygen, carbon dioxide, or methane - which could suggest the presence of life.

"This mission TESS is super important for us", Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX's vice president of mission assurance, said during a press briefing ahead of the event.

Tess is the successor to NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, on its last legs after discovering a few thousand exoplanets over the past nine years.

TESS is created to build on the work of its predecessor, the Kepler space telescope, which discovered the bulk of some 3,700 exoplanets documented during the past 20 years and is running out of fuel.

Over the next 2 years, TESS will scan the whole sky piece by piece. Kepler has found more than 5000 exoplanet candidates so far, and confirmed about half of them.

What Is Fox News Host Sean Hannity Trying To Hide?
While he said he had not paid Cohen, he believed their discussions were protected under attorney-client privilege. He said the media was "absolutely apoplectic and hyperventilating". "I never paid legal fees to Michael".

"It will spend the next 60 days getting to its proper orbit where it will search for unknown worlds beyond our solar system".

TESS will focus on 200,000 pre-selected stars that are relatively nearby and among the brightest as seen from Earth, making them better-suited for sensitive follow-up analysis.

Researchers expect that TESS will find around 20,000 planets to target for future study, Nell says. But those found by Tess should be close enough for mega telescopes in the future to detect any atmospheric signs of life. It will take Tess two weeks to circle Earth.

Further, the spacecraft will move comes within 100,000 km of Earth and be able to look at 170,000 stars.

The mission, SpaceX officials said, was not much different from launches of geostationary orbit communications satellites. The cameras — equipped with wide-angle lenses a mere 4 inches across (10 centimeters) — will be off during the lunar flyby.

The satellite is said to be a discovery machine through which a large number of exoplanets are expected to be discovered. 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.

Recommended:

  • Amazon reveals it has more than 100 million Prime members

    Amazon reveals it has more than 100 million Prime members

    Prime costs $99 a year or $12.99 a month in the USA , with similar membership prices in 15 other countries. The Washington Post , in turn, paid Amazon approximately $1.5 million for subscriber services past year .
    Twitterati go into a frenzy after Twitter goes down for 10 minutes

    Twitterati go into a frenzy after Twitter goes down for 10 minutes

    Twitter users hoping to share their latest thought with the world are being confronted by a "something is technically wrong" page. The website went offline at around 5pm, then came back online for some time and then again went offline.
    8-year-old boy slashes students with knife at elementary school

    8-year-old boy slashes students with knife at elementary school

    Watkins says he believes the injuries aren't life-threatening, and the students were taken to the hospital by their parents. Monday, Sauk Rapids Police rushed to Pleasantview Elementary, where an 8-year-old had come to school with a kitchen knife.
  • Proof of 'staged' Syria chemical attack is from film

    Proof of 'staged' Syria chemical attack is from film

    The head of the OPCW said on Monday that its investigators had been prevented from going to the scene by Syria and Russian authorities.
    1st US woman since '85 wins at Boston

    1st US woman since '85 wins at Boston

    Linden, who lives in Rochester Hills, finished in second place in Boston in 2011, two seconds behind the victor . I ran here (at the Marshfield Marathon, 30 miles from Boston ) in January and knew I had a chance.
    A giant asteroid recently made flyby past Earth and hardly anyone knew

    A giant asteroid recently made flyby past Earth and hardly anyone knew

    NASA tracks asteroids that make close approaches to Earth, providing data on the distance and estimated diameter of each object. Now recently NASA had released a chart of NEOs that are in a position to pass the earth in future using the CNEOs software.
  • Paul Lambert wants Lady Luck to smile on Stoke during survival battle

    Paul Lambert wants Lady Luck to smile on Stoke during survival battle

    The 29-year-old had been absent since the trip to Tottenham Hotspur in January, with an ankle injury keeping him on the sidelines. See the full interview below between Danny Dyer and Andy Carroll.
    Chrome 66 Silences Autoplay Videos

    Chrome 66 Silences Autoplay Videos

    Instead, users received the ability to mute sound on a site-by-site basis-something that was supposed to arrive in Chrome 63. Irrespective of whether the user actually made a decision to play to a video, or they were just reading an article.
    Coli cases confirmed in Flathead

    Coli cases confirmed in Flathead

    Health officials have confirmed E. coli cases in Missoula, Flathead, and Ravalli counties, including three hospitalizations. For the time being no common grower, supplier, brand or distributor has been identified for this outbreak.
  • Yes. Cambridge Analytica hatched plans to get into the ICO market

    Yes. Cambridge Analytica hatched plans to get into the ICO market

    It also doesn't tell non users how they can opt out of being tracked by Facebook whenever they visit a website. Independence Party and from the customers of two insurance companies , Eldon Insurance and GoSkippy Insurance.
    Pretty Much Everyone is Calling James Comey a Liar

    Pretty Much Everyone is Calling James Comey a Liar

    Before the James Comey interview on ABC even aired, CNN media critic/cheerleader Brian Stelter was going gaga over Comey. In Sunday's interview , Comey also levied some insults about Trump's personal stature and features.
    Facebook hit with action suit over facial recognition tool

    Facebook hit with action suit over facial recognition tool

    Lawsuit challenges the social-network giant over its gathering of facial recognition data on photos without the consent of users. Facebook is being sued by IL users whose faces have been tagged and stored after June 2011, when the law passed.


Popular

Gennady Golovkin v Vanes Martirosyan Announced For May 5th, California
Gennady Golovkin's plans for Cinco de Mayo weekend are finally set, even if it's not the against the opponent or in the city he wanted.

What happens when you download your Facebook data
When you visit a website, your browser (for example Chrome, Safari or Firefox) sends a request to the site's server. Many websites and apps use Facebook services to make their content and ads more engaging and relevant.

Islandwide blackout hits Puerto Rico
The island only has one electric company, and it was $9 billion in debt and utilizes old, outdated infrastructure and equipment. The Twins and their fellow AL Central rival Cleveland Indians are now overseas playing two regular season games in Puerto Rico.

CWG 2018: Vinesh Phogat Clinches Gold in 50 kg Women's Freestyle Wrestling
Sumit Malik won gold the men's 125kg after receiving a walkover from Sinivie Boltic of Nigeria in the men's 125kg category. She had won the World Championships in 2012 and is also a bronze medalist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in Delhi.

Tiger Roll favourite for National repeat
Everyone goes on about his size, but I think it's just all about his heart, he has just so much heart and leaves nothing behind".

US Warns of New Syrian Attack If Chemical Weapons Used Again
The US is " locked and loaded " if Syria uses chemical weapons again, America's United Nations envoy Nikki Haley said on Sunday. The action was in response to a recent attack in the town of Douma which killed more than 40 people and sickened hundreds more.

Chemical weapons team in Syria kept from alleged attack site
Meanwhile, Russia says it will help secure visit of worldwide chemical weapons inspectors to site of an alleged attack in Syria . Trump was also willing to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, she added, while indicating that no such encounter was imminent.

Buffon slams heartless Michael Oliver for the last minute debacle
Should he decide to stay on, he will miss the first match, if not more , of next season's Champions League campaign with Juve. Chiellini was spotted seemingly waving imaginary money at the Real players, which suggest that they had paid referee Oliver .

Scientists 'accidentally' create plastic-eating enzyme
These differences indicated that PETase may have evolved in a PET-containing environment to enable the enzyme to degrade PET . Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.

Rebooting Japan-China economic dialogue
Asked by reporters on Monday to comment on the allegations, Fukuda said: "I will issue a comment today so please look at that". However, Kono warned there would be "no true improvement of Japan-China relations without stability in the East China Sea".