SpaceX delayed the launch of NASA's TESS exoplanet-hunter spacecraft

17 April, 2018, 21:15 | Author: Regina Silva
  • SpaceX delayed the launch of NASA's TESS exoplanet-hunter spacecraft

The launch window is narrow, so if it closes before SpaceX can get its cargo off the ground, a 30-second backup window is set for Tuesday, April 17 at 6:13pm ET.

The company hopes to land this first stage on a floating ocean platform following liftoff, and reuse it on a space station supply run for NASA this summer.

On April 16, NASA is planning to launch its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

"Launch teams are standing down today to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control analysis".

TESS will survey the entire sky over the course of two years by breaking it up into 26 different sectors, each 24 degrees by 96 degrees across.

TESS is expected to reveal 20,000 planets beyond our solar system, known as exoplanets, NASA said.

This highly-elliptical orbit will help maximize TESS's field of vision, making it possible for the satellite's four cameras to image up to 85 percent of the sky.

Varying Stocks: Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK)
First Eagle Mgmt Limited Liability Company owns 12.97M shares or 1.28% of their USA portfolio. (NYSE: MRK ) for 19,238 shares. This is based on a 1-5 numeric scale where Rating Scale: 1.0 Strong Buy, 2.0 Buy, 3.0 Hold, 4.0 Sell, 5.0 Strong Sell.


Man City cleared over Garre transfer
That is why a court case that was heard in July previous year , with a verdict due by the end of September, has been delayed. Manchester City have avoided a transfer ban over the controversial signing of Benjamin Garre.


Israel says it destroys Hamas tunnel network in Gaza
It is the fifth such detection in as many months and Israeli officials regard publicity around their tunnel hunts as a double-edged sword.


TESS will take the baton from NASA's other planet-hunting spacecraft, Kepler, which is running out of fuel after nearly a decade in space. After the launch of the satellite, there will be a two-month testing before the real data starts flowing back to Earth from TESS. Satellite maker Orbital ATK's Robert Lockwood said he expects Tess to take exoplanet discovery to a whole new level. "Also, they're cooler, so they emit less light, therefore the habitable zone is very close in, and the probability that you're going to have a transit is greatly increased".

Thus, TESS is able to locate the exoplanets, remote enough from the parent star that they could have liquid water and, consequently, living organisms.

Exoplanets are planets that orbit a star other than the sun. TESS is an Earth-orbiting instrument meant to spot faraway planets circling some 200,000 stars within 300 light-years of Earth.

It promises an ability to resolve the atmospheres of some of the new worlds, to look for gases that might hint at the presence of life.

There are many definitions of an Earth-like exoplanet. We can say how massive they are and how old they are. This dimming could signal a planet is moving in front of the star.

"One of the many wonderful things that Kepler told us is that planets are everywhere and there are all kinds of planets out there", Patricia Boyd, TESS guest investigator program lead at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center, told reporters in advance of the scheduled launch.

Recommended:

  • Harley Quinn Spinoff Movie Finds Director in Cathy Yan

    Harley Quinn Spinoff Movie Finds Director in Cathy Yan

    Two others, Harley Quinn Vs The Joker and Gotham City Sirens with Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer, seem further in the distance. She is still negotiating to star with Leo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood .
    Kendrick Lamar Awarded Pulitzer Prize for DAMN

    Kendrick Lamar Awarded Pulitzer Prize for DAMN

    The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes to mark the best in journalism was awarded at Columbia University in New York City on Monday. This award was given to the Press Democrat for the coverage of one of the most devastating wildfires in California.
    Tiger Roll Wins The Grand National For Davy Russell And Gordon Elliott

    Tiger Roll Wins The Grand National For Davy Russell And Gordon Elliott

    The eventual victor saw off a late charge by the Willie Mullins' trained Pleasant Company to secure victory and a heroes welcome home in Summerhill, Co Meath.
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will launch in Malaysia on 24 April

    Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 will launch in Malaysia on 24 April

    The company is working on bringing the device nearly a month after the company announced its Redmi 5 in the market. There will also be a MicroSD card slot for further expanding the storage on this device.
    Nikki Bella Reportedly Broke Off The Engagement With Cena

    Nikki Bella Reportedly Broke Off The Engagement With Cena

    John Cena tweeted a Walt Whiteman quote, "Anybody feeling down, check out #WaltWhiteman, "has always been a helpful voice in times of crisis".
    Lebron James Sued For Allegedly Stealing Idea For A Barbershop TV Show

    Lebron James Sued For Allegedly Stealing Idea For A Barbershop TV Show

    Adventure Enterprises is gunning for an injunction prohibiting LeBron and his company from producing any more episodes. They're also looking for "some serious cash", the gossip site reports.
  • IMF expects India's economy to grow at 7.4% in 2018

    The IMF's latest forecast for Romania's 2018 economic growth is below the government's projection of a 6.1% increase. The IMF left unchanged from January its growth estimate for China of 6.6 percent for 2018 and 6.4 percent in 2019.
    Icahn reaches deal to sell Tropicana Entertainment

    Icahn reaches deal to sell Tropicana Entertainment

    Eldorado Resorts is buying nearly all the assets from Tropicana Entertainment Incorporated, in an acquisition worth $1.85 billion. The company said the "Tropicana portfolio is in good shape and we have no immediate significant capex plans acquired properties".
    Toyota To Start Deploying Vehicle-To-Vehicle Tech In 2021

    Toyota To Start Deploying Vehicle-To-Vehicle Tech In 2021

    The technology sends information back and forth from a auto to another vehicle or infrastructure several times a second. This information can be used by other DSRC-enabled vehicles and devices to help drivers prevent collisions.
  • International Chamber of Shipping applauds 'Paris Agreement for Shipping'

    International Chamber of Shipping applauds 'Paris Agreement for Shipping'

    Head of the Liberia delegation at MEPC Isaac Jackson told The Loadstar Liberia could "fully support" the initial draft strategy. It called the move, agreed on Friday in London, "a first but critical step towards the industry's decarbonisation".
    Suspect arrested after man stabbed in leg during argument

    Suspect arrested after man stabbed in leg during argument

    When officers contacted Muntean Friday morning, he "exhibited similar behavior to the incident the prior evening", Wyatt said. Ulicny, 64, of Vienna, told police the 2008 Ford Expedition was stolen at gunpoint.
    Intraday Mover - NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)

    Intraday Mover - NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)

    This organization's stock showed a trading volume of 12.54 million shares, compared to its average daily volume of 16.96M shares. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.00% of the company's stock. 151 funds opened positions while 383 raised stakes.


Popular

7 inmates dead in 7-hour prison fight
At least seven people were killed after fights broke out at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville, S.C., late Sunday. Emergency services from several SC counties responded to the "mass casualty incident", Lee County Fire wrote in a tweet.

Chelsea wing back Alonso charged with violent conduct
Chelsea wing back Marcos Alonso has been retroactively charged with violent conduct by the Football Association. Referee Mike Dean appeared to have a clear view of Alonso's challenge.

South Korean officials may visit North Korea before summit
Moon is set to meet the reclusive North Korean leader next Friday for what would be a third inter-Korean summit. Kim is to hold separate summit talks in coming weeks with the South Korean leader and U.S.

Watch Dogs 3 is in the works according to Ubisoft's AI assistant
An Ubisoft-created AI has indicated that the video game company will be ready to announce Watch Dogs 3 at 2018's E3. I cannot wait for you to try it! Ubisoft fan channel UbiCentral tried it and got the same response.

Russian Football League Criticised As Bear Is Brought Out Before Match
After being led out onto the side of the pitch before kick-off, the bear lead a round of applause whilst stood on his hind legs. Even the announcer said that Tima will participate in the World Cup's opening ceremony in Moscow which is scheduled in June.

Cambridge police officers filmed allegedly beating Harvard student Selorm Ohene
Eventually other officers were able to pry Ohene's arm from behind his back and handcuff his arms and shackle him at the ankles. Ohene's lawyers said in a statement that the incident "continues to be a trying ordeal for Selorm and for his family".

What Kauai residents in flood-ravaged communities need to know
Plans were to pick them up by helicopter, however, the choppers were grounded most of the day because of the severe weather. The National Weather Service recorded nearly 27 inches (68 centimeters) of rainfall in a 24-hour period in Hanalei.

Man jailed for Christmas Eve dance floor attacks on two women
Brown's Facebook page, where she goes by the name, "Sade Brown", indicated that the two women have children with the same man. He said he thought at first that she would "soon get bored" with the phone but instead "things only got worse".

At $67.82 NIKE, Inc. (NKE) Forms Double Top
The firm has "Neutral" rating given on Wednesday, October 4 by Citigroup. (NYSE: NKE ) on Thursday, November 16 with "Buy" rating. Davenport & Company Llc decreased its stake in Rtn (RTN) by 0.94% based on its latest 2017Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC.

Sitting Is Bad for Your Brain
With every hour of sitting every day, there was an observed reduction in brain density, inning accordance with the research study. The scientists also enquired about the average number of hours per day they spent sitting over the previous week.