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Spacecraft Sep! TESS is Flying Solo

18 Apr 2018, 23:45 UTC
Spacecraft Sep! TESS is Flying Solo
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In this view from a camera mounted on the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage, NASA’s TESS spacecraft separates from the vehicle, beginning its mission. Image credit: NASA TV
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is flying free following an on-time liftoff and successful journey to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The spacecraft has separated from the rocket’s second stage. Once TESS deploys its twin power-producing solar arrays, it will spend the next two months climbing to its final orbit high above Earth.

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