The Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, lifted off on schedule from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:51 p.m. EDT, starting the clock on a two-year quest to detect more worlds circling stars beyond our solar system that might harbor life.
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Scientists are excited about the prospect the mission holds for new discoveries.The instrument, called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and nicknamed TESS, is designed to identify thousands of exoplanets.
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(Reuters) - A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX ’s first high-priority science mission for NASA , a planet - hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harboring life.
The main-stage booster successfully separated from the upper-stage of the rocket and headed back to Earth on a self-guided return flight to an unmanned landing vessel floating in the Atlantic.
The first stage, which can be recycled for future flights, then landed safely on the ocean platform, according to SpaceX launch team announcers on NASA TV.
Blastoff followed a two-day launch postponement forced by a technical glitch in the rocket's guidance-control system. (Reporting by Joey Roulette from Cape Canaveral, Florida; Additional reporting and writing by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)