NASA Tess spacecraft to prowl for planets as galactic scout

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NASA Tess spacecraft to prowl for planets as galactic scout

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ‘ Look up at the sky tonight. Every star you see ‘ plus hundreds of thousands, even millions more ‘ will come under the intense stare of NASA’s newest planet hunter.

Set to lift off early next week, the Tess spacecraft will prowl for planets around the closest, brightest stars. These newfound worlds eventually will become prime targets for future telescopes looking to tease out any signs of life.

It will be the most extensive survey of its kind from orbit, with Tess, a galactic scout, combing the neighborhood as never before.

‘We’re going to look at every single one of those stars,’ said the mission’s chief scientist George Ricker of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Scientists expect Tess to find thousands of exoplanets ‘ the term for planets outside our solar system.

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These Rare NASA Photos Were Saved From the Trash

Before the age of digital photo-sharing tools, magazines and newspapers often relied on handouts from organizations and government agencies for images to run with their articles. After the stories were published, they’d toss the photographic prints in the trash. It was an efficient system, but it is also why many images are simply out of circulation today.

But as Henri Neuendorf at artnet News reports, one employee of a national photo agency couldn’t bear to see some NASA photos from the agency’s Golden Age thrown out. Instead, the individual with an eye for posterity saved some 1,500 of the rare press prints from the trash heap, many that included mimeographed captions. The images will go on sale next week at the Swann Auction Galleries in New York.

According to the gallery, the lot of photos is contained in nine thematic binders, each with images measuring seven-and-a half inches by nine-and-a-half inches. They span the years 1961 to 1972, the first 11 years of NASA’s manned missions into space.

The collection runs the gamut—from portraits of astronauts like John Glenn, the first American in orbit, Ed White, the first person to do a spacewalk and Neil Armstrong, the first human to step on the moon’s surface. There are also images of rockets lifting off, astronauts floating in space, moonwalks, the lunar rover and Earthrise.

“It still gives me goosebumps to look at the photographic prints in this archive, which provide a comprehensive look at NASA’s earliest missions,” Daile Kaplan, director of photographs & Photobooks at Swann, tells Smithsonian.com.

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With the launch of TESS, NASA will boost its search for exoplanets

LOOK CLOSER’ NASA’s next exoplanet hunting telescope, TESS (shown in this artist’s illustration), will seek out worlds orbiting the nearest and brightest stars.

NASA is stepping up its search for planets outside our solar system. Its next exoplanet hunting telescope, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is due to launch from Cape Canaveral on the evening of April 16.

Following the Kepler space telescope‘s discovery of more than 5,000 possible exoplanets since 2009, TESS will continue the galactic census ‘ flagging more planetary candidates for further study.

Astronomers expect TESS to find about 20,000 planets in its first two years in operation, focusing on nearby, bright stars that will be easy for other telescopes to investigate later. About 500 of those expected exoplanets would be less than twice the size of Earth ‘ and therefore may be good places to look for life.

TESS will be the first NASA science mission launched on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Once in orbit, the spacecraft will trace an unusual, elliptical path between Earth and the moon that will enable it to observe at least 85 percent of the sky ‘ 350 times as much sky as Kepler saw.

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  • Date: 2018-04-12T10:45:05-04:00
  • Author: Lisa Grossman
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NASA Tess spacecraft to prowl for planets as galactic scout
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