Posts tagged "Satellite"

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite: Monday Launch

NASA launches TESS, to follow up KEPLER’s work:

If a planet-hunting spacecraft sounds familiar, it’s likely because of the rich diversity of worlds found so far by NASA’s venerable Kepler space probe. Since 2009, Kepler has been harvesting planets from the cosmos, spying the footprints of these alien worlds in distant starlight. Kepler alone can claim more than 2,600 discoveries, some of which could be rocky planets quite similar to Earth.


Launched last week, TESS will scan 200,000 close and bright stars, seeking new planets and possibly livable worlds. Here’s a roundtable discussion with 2 scientists on the TESS mission.


Space Harpoons to remove orbital debris

A lovely summary from BoingBoing:

There are 500,000 pieces of space junk orbiting the earth, many of which significantly endanger satellites and crewed space missions. to test various techniques of collecting and disposing of space junk: Orbital garbage collection!