Falcon 9 Lifts TESS Exoplanet Hunter to Survey Earth’s Cosmic Neighborhood for Habitable Worlds

NASA’s search for Earth-like planets around other stars took one major step forward Wednesday night when the agency’s TESS exoplanet hunter received a smooth ride into a high-energy transfer orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9

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TESS Launch Delayed to NET Wednesday for Additional Falcon 9 Reviews

NASA’s pursuit of Earth 2.0 will have to wait at least another two days for a critical search asset to head into orbit as the launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was delayed from Monday to provide time for additional Guidance, Navigation & Control System analysis.

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ISS Receives new External Research Facilities & Spare Pump as Part of Dragon Cargo Transfers

The International Space Station received a pair of new external science facilities and a potentially critical spare pump module over the last week and a half through an extensive effort involving the Station’s robotic duo extracting the items from the Trunk Section of the Dragon CRS-14 spacecraft and moving them to their respective installation locations on ISS.

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Falcon 9 Fires Up Ahead of Monday Liftoff with NASA’s TESS Exoplanet Hunter

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket fired up atop the company’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch pad on Wednesday for the customary static fire test ahead of entering final preparations for liftoff as early as Monday with NASA’s TESS exoplanet hunter

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Science-Laden Dragon Lifted to Orbit by 5th Expendable Falcon 9 in a Row

Still covered in soot from a previous supply run to the International Space Station, a SpaceX Falcon 9 took to the skies over Florida’s Cape Canaveral Monday afternoon – lifting a flight-proven Dragon spacecraft into orbit for a critical delivery of science gear, supplies and maintenance hardware to the orbiting laboratory as the first of at least six cargo ships inbound to the U.S. Segment of ISS this year.

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Videos: 14th Operational Dragon Mission Launches on Falcon 9

A flight-proven Falcon 9 – the ninth of its kind to take flight – lifted off from SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 20:30:38 UTC on April 2nd, 2018 with the Dragon SpX-14 spacecraft, a previously-flown Dragon with 33 days of spaceflight experience.

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Falcon 9 Completes Static Fire Test Ahead of Monday Liftoff on Next ISS Resupply Mission

A previously used Falcon 9 booster came to life at Florida’s Space Coast on Wednesday in preparation for the launch of the first U.S. Space Station resupply mission of the year, set for a Monday afternoon liftoff ahead of a two-day chase of the orbiting laboratory by the flight-proven Dragon spacecraft.

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Soyuz MS-08 Arrives at Space Station after Textbook Rendezvous with U.S.-Russian Crew Trio

Russia’s Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft pulled into a docking port on the International Space Station on Friday after two-day journey from a remote launch pad in Kazakhstan to the orbital home and workplace for the three experienced space fliers spending the spring and summer months off the planet.

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Nighttime Soyuz Launch Sends All-Veteran Crew Trio into Orbit for 160-Day Space Station Mission

A veteran Russian Cosmonaut and two NASA Astronauts with prior Space Shuttle experience blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome Wednesday night on a planned 160-day space flight to the International Space Station.

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