20 APRIL 2018 #45 TESS — OFF TO SEEK ALIEN WORLDS

TESS was launched perfectly on Wednesday, April 18.

TESS herself will not go to the stars. The little spacecraft (about the size of a washing machine) has nestled into an orbit between Earth and the moon. But, starting in June, her telescopes will spend two years searching the sky for nearby stars orbited by planets with Earthlike conditions, some of which may support intelligent life.

TESS will help to answer the age-old question: Are we alone?

Ad astra per aspira is the motto of the state of Kansas, a Latin phrase that means “To the stars through difficulties.”

There are difficulties to overcome as we explore the universe and reach out to other stars and planets. But TESS (a cooperative project of NASA and SpaceX) is a major step on the journey. I watched the rocket launch.  VERY EXCITING TO BE SURE!

WarrenHall Crain
Seattle, Washington
20 April 2018

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