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Nasa rocket blasts off in search of new planets

TESS is NASA's planet-hunting satellite that launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It had a 30-second launch window. The agency said the launch was originally scheduled for Monday, but rescheduled to conduct additional Guidance Navigation and Control analysis. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket was able to land on the droneship minutes later. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is NASA's next mission in the search for exoplanets, or those that are outside our solar system. TESS will be on the lookout for planets that could support life. After launch, TESS will use its fuel to reach orbit around the Earth, with a gravity assist from the moon. That will enable it to have a long-term mission beyond its two-year objective.

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