With the launch scrubbed the other day, we have high hope that today NASA and Space X will be able to launch Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, today during the 30-second launch window begins at 6:51 pm ET. Watch it live below.
Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.: NASA TV coverage of the launch of TESS, NASA’s new planet-hunting mission. Launch is targeted at 6:51 p.m. TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is an all-sky survey mission that will discover thousands of exoplanets around nearby bright stars. TESS is scheduled for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
NASA and SpaceX are targeting the launch of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, on a Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida for no earlier than 6:51 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 18.
TESS is the next step in the search for planets outside of our solar system. The mission will find exoplanets that periodically block part of the light from their host stars, events called transits. TESS will survey the nearest and brightest stars for two years to search for transiting exoplanets.
L-0 Day (Wednesday, April 18)
Press Site Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Badging Hours of Operation: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Foreign National Pick-up at PIDS: 4:30 p.m.
News Media Schedule
- 10:30 a.m. – Media arrive to the Press Site for remote camera set up
- 3 – 4:30 p.m. – Interview opportunities with Subject Matter Experts
- 5:45 p.m. – Media depart Press Site for launch viewing sites
- 6:30 p.m. – Launch Coverage Begins
- 6:51 p.m. – TESS Launch
Media may view the launch of TESS from the Kennedy Press Site, NASA Causeway or the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) roof (space is limited). Media who wish to view the launch from the NASA Causeway or the VAB roof should meet at the Kennedy Press Site at 5:15 p.m. to be escorted. Only one representative per organization may sign up for the VAB roof.
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