Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

SpaceX to recover rockets using 'giant party balloon'

SpaceX to recover rockets using 'giant party balloon'

This image made available by NASA shows an illustration of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is expected to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:32 pm Eastern Time which is 4:02 am (Tuesday) in India.

The satellite known as Tess will survey nearly the entire sky, staring at the brightest, closest stars in an effort to find any planets that might be encircling them. Scheduled for an April 2018 launch, the spacecraft will prowl for planets around the closest, brightest stars.

NASA says TESS could help answer the age-old question: Are we alone in the universe?

Kepler found a massive trove of exoplanets by focusing on one patch of sky, which contained about 150,000 stars like the Sun.

Thousands of exoplanets have already been discovered.

TESS, with its four advanced cameras, will scan an area that is 350 times larger, comprising 85 percent of the sky in the first two years alone. "The power of imagery with science really makes the connection with people".

Once deployed, TESS will observe stars in our solar neighborhood to find potential exoplanet candidates.

As such, SpaceX will be working at the Port of Los Angeles in order to transport the rocket using waterways.

"Tess will find small planets, rocky planets that might have atmospheres and features that may be conducive to life", Buzasi said.

"TESS forms a bridge from what we have learned about exoplanets to date and where we are headed in the future", said Jeff Volosin, TESS project manager at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center.

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