SpaceX Rocket To Mars Will Be Built In Los Angeles: Where, Exactly?

Hugh Fox
April 19, 2018

The launch is set for Monday, April 16, and the payload will be sent into space on a Falcon 9 rocket after the company completed a static fire of the rocket last Wednesday at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The version of the rocket that is now being phased out only launches twice, but SpaceX expects the next model to fly 10 or more times.

The next step is for ground-based and space telescopes to peer even closer.The Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2020, should be able to reveal more about planets' mass, density and the makeup of their atmosphere - all clues to habitability. The telescope will certainly have the ability to cover almost the whole skies, and also can bring about remarkable innovations in our understanding of our cosmos.

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is making strides towards its future liftoff. - SpaceX is preparing to launch a NASA spacecraft Monday night that could help humans to one day find alien life.

NASA's planet-hunting pioneer, the Kepler Space Telescope, has spent the past nine years focusing on considerably fainter, more distant stars and discovered almost three-quarters of the 3,700-plus exoplanets confirmed to date.

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SPACECRAFT: At 5 feet (1.5 meters), Tess is shorter than most adults and downright puny compared with most other spacecraft. Extra companions consist of Orbital ATK, NASA's Ames Proving ground, the Harvard-Smithsonian Facility for Astrophysics and also the Room Telescope Scientific Research Institute.

NASA's Kepler telescope, launched nine years ago and nearing the end of its mission, found thousands of exoplanets by staring at a tiny sliver of the sky.

NASA and SpaceX say they'll take more time to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Survey System, or TESS, just to make sure the $337 million mission will be on the right track to hunt for planets beyond our solar system. Inside the PHSF, the satellite is being processed and prepared for its flight.

Eight minutes after launch, SpaceX hopes to repeat the crowd-pleasing stunt of landing the first stage on the drone-ship Of Course I Still Love You, which will be stationed in the Atlantic.

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The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia on the TESS satellite.

TESS is designed as a follow-on to the United States space agency's Kepler spacecraft, which was the first of its kind and launched in 2009. It is prepared for launch in April 2018.

During its two-year mission TESS will monitor the brightness of more than 200,000 stars, looking for the tell-tale drop in brightness caused by planetary transits (when an orbiting planet passes in front of the star).

TESS' four wide-field telescopic cameras will survey an area hundreds of times as wide, adding up to 85 percent of the entire sky.

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