MIT is building a new satellite to search the entire sky for exoplanets, planets orbiting other stars. Set to launch in 2017, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) aims to find the best exoplanet targets for detailed characterization with upcoming big telescopes like the 6.5m James Webb Space Telescope or the 25-meter Giant Magellan Telescope. TESS will help astronomers understand what planets are made of, explore their atmospheres, and potentially (if we’re really lucky) start to search for alien life beyond our Solar System. Come hear about this exciting MIT-led satellite mission!
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