New NASA Satellite Will Search for Alien Life
A reporter dressed head-to-toe in protective clothing was given unprecedented access to a NASA lab where final touches were being put on a 242-million-dollar satellite nicknamed TESS.
The video by Fox 35 shows the lab behind the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, a space telescope designed to search for life on planets outside our solar system.
NASA says all the stars you can see have planets around them, but they can’t be seen spotted with the naked eye and only a few have been discovered by previous satellites.
But TESS is equipped with four advanced cameras, each with high-tech sensitive lenses and other advanced features. This will make detection of small Earth-sized planets possible.
This is one #lens of seven per camera in the #TESS (#satellite)…working together, they’ll be able to pick up #stars a million times fainter than what we can see with our naked #eye. #WFTV #FLORIDA pic.twitter.com/sEkPSiftzF
— George Waldenberger (@GWaldenWFTV) February 20, 2018
“By having a really good instrument on board our satellite, we’re able to see that little teeny dip in light and identify Earth-sized planets,” said a NASA spokesperson in the video.
Once TESS is launched, it will scan the cosmos for 2 years, mapping stars and planets as far away as 300 light years.
NASA says the telescope will discover thousands of planets that are close enough to their suns to have water and perhaps even life.
Watch the video to see parts of the satellite and to find out more details about the mission.