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NASA Plans To Launch A Mission To Hunt For New Planets In 2017

NASA has been always very keen to discover new planets in space. Last Friday, NASA announced that it plans to launch a mission to hunt for new planets in 2017.


Planet Exploration

NASA will use the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to search for new planets, because TESS can cover 400 times area in the space compared to other such satellites. Though TESS will use a set of on-board cameras to scan the sky for exoplanets that are orbiting nearby bright stars, its prime focus will be finding new planets that are similar or “comparable in size to the Earth.”

NASA plans to launch this planet hunting mission in 2017 under NASA’s Astrophysics Explorer program. It will cost around $200 million for satellites and $55 million for space station experiments.

Source: NASA
Thanks To: MIT, Space.com

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