NASA’s planet hunting satellite to start looking for exoplanets while Kepler naps

CNET | 7/11/2018 | Jackson Ryan
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On April 18, NASA launched the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) into space, ready to start the hunt for new planets.

One month into its mission, a test image showed TESS getting all starry-eyed, snapping a photo of over 200,000 stars in our galaxy as it underwent a commissioning period of testing and adjustments.

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On Wednesday, NASA said the TESS spacecraft and its four cameras were "in good health" and that testing was continuing with the "goal of beginning science at the end of July."

But NASA's previous planet hunter, the Kepler telescope, which launched in 2009, is not in quite the same condition -- in fact, it might be ready to die.

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On July 7, the spacecraft was put into a hibernative state, with scientific operations paused as it begins to run out of fuel. According to NASA, there's still some valuable data to download, so hibernation will allow preparation to get that data back to Earth. If all goes as planned, Kepler will return to its mission on Aug. 6 -- but...
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