Nasa's new planet-hunter to seek Earth-like worlds

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REUTERSSpace X launch What new planets will NASA-led mission find

NASA's planet-hunting pioneer, the Kepler Space Telescope, has spent the past nine years focusing on considerably fainter, more distant stars and discovered almost three-quarters of the 3,700-plus exoplanets confirmed to date.

"By looking at such a large section of the sky - this kind of stellar real estate - we open up the ability to cherry-pick the best stars to do follow-up science", said Jenn Burt, a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Scientists from NASA are trying to discover more about exoplanets outside our solar system to find out if any have life that is similar to ours. "How regular is a planet like Earth around a star like the Sun?" said Patricia "Padi" Boyd, chief of the TESS visitor specialist program at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center.

NASA is set to launch its latest satellite, called TESS, aboard a SpaceX rocket with one mission: locate distant worlds that could harbour alien life.

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AFP GETTYSpace X launch NASA's TESS will now be lifting off on Wednesday April 18

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral air force Station in Florida at 8:30am AEST.

Such planets would be candidates for harboring life.

TESS uses the same method as Kepler for finding potential planets, by tracking the dimming of light when a celestial body passes in front of a star.

After TESS identifies its candidates, scientists around the world will make further observations to confirm that they really are planets, and determine whether they're gas giants like Jupiter and Neptune, or rocky planets like Earth and Mars.

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"That is about 20 times what the Kepler mission was able to detect".

NASA's newest planet hunter, TESS, will look around the brightest stars closest to our solar system for new worlds.

Even in terms of sky-area coverage, TESS goes way beyond Kepler.

"One of the many unbelievable things that Kepler told us is that planets are everywhere and there are all kinds of planets out there".

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"TESS's legacy will be a catalog of the nearest and brightest stars hosting transiting exoplanets, which will comprise the most favorable targets for detailed investigations in the coming decades", NASA notes.

"So TESS takes the next step".

"TESS is going to significantly build the number of planets that we need to consider", said Ricker. The satellite is instead meant to create a catalogue of nearby planets that future telescopes, such as the James Webb Space Telescope, can then inspect more closely.

The first data from TESS is expected to be made public in July, and Nasa says citizen astronomers are welcome to help study the planets.

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