Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) targets launch on March 20, 2018
Image credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system, including those that could support life. The mission will find exoplanets that periodically block part of the light from their host stars, events called transits. TESS will survey 200,000 of the brightest stars near the sun to search for transiting exoplanets. The mission is scheduled to launch March 20, 2018, and no later than June 2018.
For more details, see NASA’s TESS website