But TESS, the short name for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, will be taking intelligence into orbit with it, in the form of new equipment, navigational computers, cameras and artificial intelligence that can parse the data it collects.
NASA predicts that TESS will discover 20,000 exoplanets -or planets outside the solar system -including more than 50 Earth-sized planets and up to 500 planets less than twice the size of Earth. With Tess, "our planetary census is going to move in" closer to us, MIT researcher Jenn Burt said Sunday. Every star you see - plus hundreds of thousands, even millions more - will come under the intense stare of NASA's newest planet hunter. Scientists expect TESS to identify thousands of planets in our cosmic backyard, adding to the bounty provided over the past decade by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.
Less than nine minutes after the mission's blastoff Wednesday, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket dropped from space, deployed legs and touched down on the deck of a ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean.
It maintained the TESS spacecraft was "in excellent health" and ready for launch.
Scientists will conduct follow-up observations of exoplanet "candidates" using powerful ground- or space-based observatories.
"And until 25 years ago, the only planets we knew about were the eight in our own solar system", said Paul Hertz, director of the Astrophysics Division at NASA headquarters.
The satellite is said to be a discovery machine through which a large number of exoplanets are expected to be discovered. So astronomers want to focus on stars that are vastly brighter and closer to home - close enough for NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope to scrutinize the atmospheres of planets lurking in their sun's shadows. TESS will scan an area 350 times greater than Kepler.
ORBIT: Tess will aim for a unique elongated orbit that passes within 45,000 miles of Earth on one end and as far away as the orbit of the moon on the other end. These are periodic dips in starlight that occur when a planet's orbit takes it in front of its host star.
On April 18, a new telescope with an eye for exoplanets will launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the first of a coming wave of post-Hubble telescopes that will search the sky for foreign worlds.
Apparently the problem was related to the "transmission" of tax returns from software providers like H&R Block and Turbo Tax. The agency said that past year , about five million taxpayers filed their returns on the last day of the filing season.
Co-host Mika Brzezinski ripped into Hannity for not disclosing that he was a client of Cohen, saying, "he's lying to his viewers". During a court appearance on Monday, it was revealed that Hannity was the third client of Cohen during 2017 to 2018.
In the same way we did not give up in Saturday lunchtime's game, we are not giving up in the chase for a top-four place either. Antonio Conte's men dominated the opening exchanges of the first half, although they struggled to carve out clear-cut chances.
That transit detection technique was pioneered by earlier probes such as NASA's Kepler telescope , which was launched in 2009. Guidance, navigation and control is always important for a space mission - but for TESS, the task is particularly complex.
Which brought the ladies to their next question: So why were you there? She's since filed a lawsuit to void the agreement. While in court, she smiled several times as she observed the proceedings from a folding chair near the back of the room.
If you're interested, the company has also posted the video of its earnings Q&A call for the quarter, which can be viewed below. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website .
'Homeland' will end with season 8, says Claire Danes
She and husband Hugh Dancy have a 5-year-old son, Cyrus . "We've been wanting another kid for a while, and it happened". She said they lived in the friend zone for quite a while before they got romantically involved with one another.
NASA to launch its TESS Exoplanet Mission in a SpaceX Falcon 9
One of the many wonderful things that Kepler told us is that planets are everywhere and there are all kinds of planets out there. The mission is expected to catalog thousands of planet candidates and vastly increase the current number of known exoplanets .
NASCAR race at Bristol to resume Monday afternoon
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - NASCAR is hoping the Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be run on Sunday despite a wet forecast. Before the postponement, Larson led 74 laps and appeared to be cruising to the 250 lap mark where the race would become official.