As of: 19.04.2018 08:45 o’clock

The first launch has been postponed, and now it has worked: The TESS Space Telescope launched into space on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. His mission: the search for new planets.

TESS launched into planet space search: The space telescope took off from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from private space company SpaceX during the night. In no more than two months, the planet hunter should have arrived in its orbit and send data.

TESS follows Kepler

TESS is about the size of a refrigerator, has four cameras and observes the light of certain stars. If it wears off, it could mean that a planet has passed by. TESS could find small stony planets, but also huge celestial bodies – and should cover a much larger area than the telescope Kepler. Kepler has been in space for about nine years, but in a few months the telescope should run out of fuel.

With the help of SpaceX

It is the first time that the NASA uses the services of SpaceX for a scientific mission. Up to now, SpaceX had primarily brought supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) on behalf of NASA with its Dragon Freighter. The $ 200 million mission is initially scheduled for about two years. The launch was actually scheduled for the night of Tuesday – but then had to be postponed to perform additional tests of the navigation systems.

The Tagesschau reported on this topic at 09:00 on 19 April 2018.