The SpaceX and NASA launch will happen at 6:32 pm ET / 3:32 pm PT Monday.
NASA is seeking out new planets, and it will use Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch its newest planet-hunting satellite into space.
Today, SpaceX will launch NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, also known as TESS, at 6:32 pm ET / 3:32 pm PT. TESS will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the company’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
According to NASA, the TESS “spacecraft will fly in a unique orbit that will allow it to study nearly the entire sky over two years. This special orbit is key in potentially finding thousands of new planets outside our solar system.”
Falcon 9 and @NASA_TESS are vertical on Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Weather is 80% favorable for today’s launch at 6:32 p.m. EDT, 22:32 UTC. pic.twitter.com/eEgVxT24No
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 16, 2018
“TESS is NASA’s next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system, known as exoplanets, including those that could support life,” NASA wrote on its website.
The stars above are rich with planetary companions. @NASAKepler discovered ~2,700 of these worlds orbiting other stars outside our solar system known as “exoplanets,” but the adventure is just about to begin for our Earth-sized planet-hunter, @NASA_TESS: https://t.co/psMuhnrRoU pic.twitter.com/Fb73aVrruh
— NASA (@NASA) April 15, 2018
There will be only a 30-second window for launch today, which opens at 6:32 pm ET; TESS will be launched into elliptical orbit approximately 48 minutes after launch, according to SpaceX. There is a 30-second backup window for launch on Tuesday, April 17, at 6:13 pm ET / 3:13 pm PT in case today’s launch is a bust.