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Watch SpaceX launches NASA's latest research satellite on exoplanets

SpaceX will launch a Falcon 9 rocket today in a 30-second window at 18:32 EDT. The NASA's Exoplanets of Transit (TESS) survey satellite is designed to find exoplanets. SpaceX said this morning that there is an 80% chance of launch today. After the launch, SpaceX will attempt to recover the Falcon 9 rocket and cone by landing the rocket on a drone and using parachutes to slow down the fairings before they reach the point. ;Atlantic. SpaceX's high-speed boat, Mr. Stevens, is still in the Pacific.

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The livestream must begin at 6:00 pm EDT.

The satellite on board uses four cameras to chase exoplanets around the stars. They measure tiny dips in the brightness of a star that could indicate a planetary body passing in front of the line of sight of the camera. This is what is called a transit. Mission officials said the satellite would likely find thousands of worlds during its two-year mission.

The Falcon 9 used in today's mission has never been launched before, but if it lands successfully, it will be used in a future mission. This rocket is also the final version of Block 4 before Tesla starts using Block 5 versions with improved engines and improvements to increase the reusability of the rocket.


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