NASA’s positive on next planet-hunting mission launch

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Washington: Meteorologists with the US Air Force 45th Space Wing have predicted an 80 percent chance of favourable weather for SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s launch with NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite aimed at detecting planets outside our solar system.

NASA’s next planet-hunting mission was launched on Sunday at 6.32 p.m. (4.02 a.m. on Monday, India time) on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. 

The primary weather concern for the launch day are strong winds, NASA said in a statement late Saturday.

The survey, also known as Tess, is NASA’s next step in the search for exoplanets, including those that could support life. 

Once in orbit, Tess will spend about two years surveying 200,000 of the brightest stars near the Sun to search for planets outside our solar system.

Tess will find the most promising exoplanets orbiting relatively nearby stars, giving future researchers a rich set of new targets for more…

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