Monday, April 16, 2018

TESS Launch Today

The replacement for Kepler, TESS, will be launched at 6:32 ET today.

The launch will be on a Falcon 9 (not a reused one, perhaps because NASA is taking no chances with a satellite this valuable) from Cape Canaveral.

Live stream starts at 6:15. Weather chance is listed at 80 percent. If it doesn't go up today then they have plenty of other windows.

The satellite will be launched into an elliptical orbit and will achieve its final orbit in a couple of months...after a brief trip around the moon.

All fingers crossed. Please don't let this one blow up... (To be fair, the Falcon 9 is pretty reliable now).