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SpaceX to launch a small planet hunter for NASA on Monday

7 monthes ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / Jeff Volosin, TESS project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, holds a model of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.
The wildly successful Kepler Space Telescope was designed to observe faint stars, and monitor them for brief dips in brightness that would indicate the passage of an object-most commonly a planet. However, the Kepler telescope was only able to resolve stars only in one specific area of space, about 0.28 percent of the entire sky, so it spied few nearby exoplanets.
It is often the brighter stars that are of more interest to astronomers seeking to...
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