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nasa’s newest planet hunter will launch monday night — if all goes well

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nasa’s newest planet hunter will launch monday night — if all goes well

an illustration of the tess spacecraft in orbit. (nasa)at the moment when nasa's newest planet hunter launches, scheduled for monday evening, astronomers will know of nearly 4,000 alien worlds outside our solar system.when the transiting exoplanet survey satellite completes its mission two years from now, scientists expect, tess will have increased that number by a factor of five. among the new discoveries, they hope, will be a rocky world with an atmosphere that can be probed for signs of life.“this is opening an entirely new window on the universe,” said mit astrophysicist george ricker, the principal investigator for the mission.the satellite is slated to lift off from kennedy space center around 6:32 p.m. monday aboard a spacex falcon 9 rocket. the launch will be aired on nasa tv...