Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Watch launch of TESS planet-hunting mission April 16

Watch launch of TESS planet-hunting mission April 16

TESS's predecessor, the Keppler Space Telescope, is a planet-hunting space telescope that was launched by NASA in 2009.

This marks the success of one of the world's first astrophysics CubeSat missions, and shows that small, low-priced satellites could be used to assist in future studies of the universe beyond the solar system.

"It's changed our view of planets, it's changed our view of our solar system and how common exoplanets are out there", Brad Tucker of the Australian National University said. The show overflows with the voices of the engineers, researchers and mission control flight directors who develop and test NASA's most complex technology and protect astronauts during their flights. Joshua Schlieder told News 4, "The goal of the TESS mission is to do a survey of the entire sky and observe the closest and brightest stars to the sun in order to detect exoplanets orbiting around them". Schlieder said, "Were interested in finding planets that are small like the earth".

The mission will last two years. "TESS will be able to look at 30-50 million stars in that period". Once back on Earth, the samples will be unfrozen and tested to find out if the sperm cells went through the steps necessary for fusion and whether the samples were taken to space behave or are similar to samples that have undergone the exact same steps here on Earth.

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But Kepler covered only a small patch of sky containing few stars bright enough for us to study their planets. Even subtle differences can be easily identified and it is vital to know how they can affect the viability of the sperm itself.

Mankind's hunt for alien life and potentially habitable planets continues Monday, when a new rocket will push through the Earth's atmosphere carrying precious NASA cargo.

Alien planets large and small are usually drowned out by the light of their own stars when we try to spot them from Earth.

TESS will combine the best of both these approaches, observing bright stars over the whole sky with the advantage of doing so from space. The Keppler Telescope did the legwork for TESS by surveying the Milky Way Galaxy to determine how many Earthlike planets may be near us, according to NASA's website. Schlieder explained how they will do so. This will have a big impact on future studies. Every single day it seems new things are being discovered.

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Australian telescopes will play role in discoveriesUK Schmidt Telescope. He said, "TESS will do this is by using the transit method".

The first year of observations will cover 13 sectors encompassing the southern sky and the second year will map the remaining 13 sectors of the northern sky.

One of the Australian projects that will follow up TESS's discoveries is called Funnelweb. They'll then record how well the sperm move in space. "The laser beam has to stay inside the edge of the quarter, and then the satellite has to be able to hit that exact same quarter - or star - over multiple orbits around the Earth".

TESS will be placed in a never-used-before orbit.

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Kepler's mission, in the meantime, is slowly drawing to an end. But Kepler is crippled and is running out of fuel.

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