The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is expected to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:32 pm Eastern Time which is 4:02 am (Tuesday) in India.
NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft will have to wait another couple of days before lifting off.
NASA is all set to launch its next hunt for planets outside our solar system as preparations get underway for the launch of the TESS satellite, which will be carried into space in a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday morning.
This mission will take about two years.
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In this image released by SpaceX, NASA' s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess) sits atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Space Launch Complex 40, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. On board is NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), created to find exoplanets.
"Humans have wondered forever whether we were alone in the universe, and until 25 years ago the only planets we knew about were the eight in our own solar system", he told reporters on the eve of the TESS launch. The aging spacecraft is now low on fuel and near the end of its life. "The power of imagery with science really makes the connection with people". They measure tiny dips in a star's brightness that could indicate a planetary body passing in front of the camera's line of sight.
The SpaceX rocket launch scheduled for Monday evening has been delayed. This, as NASA said, will be 400 times larger than what Kepler observed.
By focusing on planets dozens to hundreds of light-years way, TESS may enable future breakthroughs, he said.