NASA to Discuss New Planet Hunting Spacecraft

TESS exoplanet satellite (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON, DC (NASA PR) — Join NASA at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, March 28, as astrophysics experts discuss the upcoming launch of NASA’s next planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Reporters can attend the event in person at the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington or participate by phone.

The briefing will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Scheduled to launch April 16, TESS is expected to find thousands of planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, orbiting the nearest and brightest stars in our cosmic neighborhood. Powerful telescopes like NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope can then further study these exoplanets to search for important characteristics, like their atmospheric composition and whether they could support life.

The news briefing participants will be:

  • Paul Hertz, director, Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington
  • George Ricker, TESS principal investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Sara Seager, TESS deputy director of science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jeff Volosin, TESS project manager, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

A question-and-answer session will take place during the event with reporters on-site and by phone. Members of the public can also ask questions during the briefing by participating in person, or using #AskNASA.

For more information on TESS, visit:

  • SamuelRoman13

    I hope TESS finds a new Earth. I hope there are no problems.

  • Hear, hear!

  • Michael Halpern

    TESS is also on the last new block 4, the main deciding factor is approval for science missions and the various ratings of approval, FH having only flown once would not fly such a mission yet, they are only just figuring out certification process for flight proven hardware so it will take time before they get into using the least expensive option SX has to offer

  • ThomasLMatula

    Government procurement expert looking at the first Model “Government specs require that a wagon has one or more draft animals. How could we certify you as a vendor when you “wagon” has provision for draft animals? You will have to attach a horse to it before we certify it for purchase by the government. Sorry, but that is what the rules require”