IMAGE OF THE DAY: NASA’s TESS Satellite Aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket

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Launch window opens at 6:32 p.m. ET

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, was scheduled to lift off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 6:32 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. However, SpaceX announced around 4:15 p.m. on Monday that the launch would be scrubbed “to conduct additional GNC analysis,” according to SpaceX. (SpaceX Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – A NASA spacecraft, TESS, is expected to launch on a mission to search the skies for the nearest terrestrial planets outside our solar system.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, was scheduled to lift off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 6:32 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. However, SpaceX announced around 4:15 p.m. on Monday that the launch would be scrubbed “to conduct additional GNC analysis,” according to SpaceX.

TESS is a NASA Astrophysics Explorer mission led and operated by MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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Dr. George Ricker of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research serves as principal investigator for the mission.

Additional partners include Orbital ATK, NASA’s Ames Research Center, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Space Telescope Science Institute. More than a dozen universities, research institutes and observatories worldwide are participants in the mission. NASA’s Launch Services Program is responsible for launch management.

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