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NASA’s new planet-hunting satellite will seek out new Earth-like worlds over the next two years.
Called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, the satellite searches for planets which transit in front of a star, causing a dip in its brightness. This pattern is akin to how Earth orbits the sun, and repeated brightness dips may indicate life.
Planets orbiting other stars are termed exoplanets. This covers planets of all sizes from Earth and Mars, to Jupiter. TESS will search exoplanets outside our solar system.
NASA says the TESS mission coverage will be 400 times greater than Kepler. Over 2 years it, it will look at 26 different sectors of space. According to NASA, TESS will observe stars up to 100 times brighter than previously covered.
1. Depiction of what an exoplanet is
2. Depiction of how TESS will observe exoplanets and their dips in brightness
3. Depiction of area covered by TESS
VOICEOVER (in English):
“Planets orbiting other stars are termed exoplanets. The term applies to planets of all sizes from Earth and Mars to Jupiter.”
“NASA’s new spacecraft will search exoplanets outside our solar system.”
“Called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, the spacecraft will look for planets which transit in front of a star, causing a dip in its brightness.”
“Repeats of this pattern may indicate a habitable planet supporting life.”
“NASA says the mission will cover an area 400 times greater than observed by the Kepler space telescope.”
“TESS will look at 26 different sectors of space over a 2-year period.”
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