The Tess mission will survey nearly the entire sky and is expected to find thousands of new worlds.
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- SpaceX is scheduled to launch NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. TESS is designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method and is 400 times more powerful than the "Kepler" space observatory.
- SpaceX's scheduled launch of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is delayed until April 18. TESS is designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method and is 400 times more powerful than the "Kepler" space observatory.
- NASA's TESS exoplanet space telescope, whose launch was initially delayed, is successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station by SpaceX on a Falcon 9 rocket. The first stage of the rocket successfully landed on SpaceX's autonomous spaceport drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
- NASA discovers its first exoplanet via the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite space telescope. Pi Mensae c, a small Earth-like exoplanet, is located nearly 60 light-years away from Earth.
- Led overall by researchers at Aix-Marseille Universite in France using NASA's "Kepler Space Telescope", "Nature Astronomy" publishes observations of what may be a new exoplanet named K2-229b, whose attributes may resemble the planet of Mercury (hot, metallic, and dense).
- NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered 95 new exoplanets.
- SpaceX launches a weather observation satellite, Deep Space Climate Observatory, at 6:03 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral, Florida (for the US Air Force-NASA-NOAA), but postpones making of a second attempt to land a Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket on a floating platform called the autonomous spaceport drone ship, following the January 10 failure during the SpaceX CRS-5 mission. SpaceX instead, attempts a "mock" soft-landing into the Atlantic ocean