NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey satellite. TESS, recently completed its main mission, making a series of remarkable discoveries while imagining about 75% of the starry sky.
NASA’s Patricia Boyd, a scientist on the project. described this project as a smashing success for the agency.
After its launch in April 2018 on board the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. TESS was placed in Earth orbit as it carried its remarkable observations – away from our solar system – using four powerful cameras.
One of the most exciting results of the project is the discovery of a number of planets orbiting a so-called “habitable zone.” It is a region around the star of a planet that exhibits possible conditions that could lead to the existence of liquid water, which could thus mean the existence of life.
But these planets are located several light years away from Earth. So more robust technology is needed to gain additional insight into the unique properties of the planets.