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NASA’s Next Exoplanet-Hunter, TESS, Arrives at Kennedy Space Center Ahead of Launch

21 Feb 2018, 22:29 UTC
NASA’s Next Exoplanet-Hunter, TESS, Arrives at Kennedy Space Center Ahead of Launch NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA is getting closer to taking the next big step in exoplanet-hunting – the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) space telescope has just arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for launch no earlier than April 16. It was built and tested during 2017 at Orbital ATK in Dulles, Virginia, and now will be readied for launch in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility (PHSF) at Kennedy. This is the same clean room used for the Cassini, New Horizons, Mars rovers, OSIRIS-REx and other missions. TESS will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Complex 40 launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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