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SpaceX to launch NASA's TESS Mission Today!

 
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SpaceX to launch NASA's TESS Mission Today!
After a scrubbed attempt on Monday for GNC issues, SpaceX is set for another launch attempt this evening.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 will launch NASA's TESS mission at 6:51 pm eastern time this evening (22:51 UT). The Falcon 9 second stage will place the small satellite in a highly elliptical orbit from 200 km perigee to 270,000 km apogee. A series of maneuvers by the satellite will then place it in a 2:1 resonance orbit with the moon, offset from the moon by 90 degrees at apogee. You can follow the launch updates here:
[link to spaceflightnow.com (secure)]

The TESS satellite's mission will be to survey an area of the sky 400 times larger than the Kepler mission's survey in order to find transiting exoplanets around bright main sequence stars near our solar system, including rocky terrestrial worlds in the habitable zone of their host stars as well. These planets will then be studied in greater detail by the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope as well as other large telescopes.
[link to en.wikipedia.org (secure)]

Here's the SpaceX webcast link for the launch:

[link to www.youtube.com (secure)]

8 minutes after liftoff, the first stage will attempt to land on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic ocean. This mission is launching with the last newly manufactured Falcon 9 Block IV. The next new Falcon 9 booster to launch will be a block V booster designed for much greater and easier re-use (improvements include changes to the turbopumps, retractable landing gear, and more durable heat shielding).
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And how will this benefit mankind?
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Hey Mutt.
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So exciting!

Falcons are running alot of launches. I wonder what the frequency is compared to the old Saturn's for comparable missions?
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And how will this benefit mankind?
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The discovery of a transiting terrestrial world in the habitable zone of its parent star could lead to further discoveries by future studies of that planet, potentially even leading to the discovery of chemical signatures of life in the atmoshere of another planet in another solar system. That would be hugely beneficial to mankind.

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And how will this benefit mankind?
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The discovery of a transiting terrestrial world in the habitable zone of its parent star could lead to further discoveries by future studies of that planet even leading to the discovery of chemical signatures of life in the atmoshere of another planet in another solar system. That would be hugely beneficial to mankind.
 Quoting: The Deplorable Astromut


I disagree.

I feel it's a waste of money.

Studying planets we will never get to in our lifetime.

When we have so many problems on earth.

Elon Musk and the US government mock you by wasting money on shooting rockets up in the sky, and he shoots his car up in space, what a great guy!


Accomplishes nothing to better our society.

Please stop worshiping this false profit.


By the way, still waiting for this to happen:

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WE didn't forget about that empty promise.

And I'm willing to bet any amount of money no civilians ever go to space.
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So exciting!

Falcons are running alot of launches. I wonder what the frequency is compared to the old Saturn's for comparable missions?
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Saturn launches supported Apollo and Skylab, but that's about it. For normal satellites like this, the Thor-Able (and eventually Delta) rocket would have been the workhorse of that era. The Falcon 9 was responsible for putting the US back on top as the most prolific country to conduct orbital launches last year. It was also the single most-utilized rocket of any rocket anywhere in the world.
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The wind today down here is pretty bad. Hopefully that won't be a problem for the launch.
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One step closer to the moon.
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And how will this benefit mankind?
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The discovery of a transiting terrestrial world in the habitable zone of its parent star could lead to further discoveries by future studies of that planet even leading to the discovery of chemical signatures of life in the atmoshere of another planet in another solar system. That would be hugely beneficial to mankind.
 Quoting: The Deplorable Astromut


I disagree.

I feel it's a waste of money.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 42079668

Your opinion is noted, but worthless. You get one vote, so do I. I vote for people who support the space program.
Studying planets we will never get to in our lifetime.

When we have so many problems on earth.
 Quoting: AC

We will always have problems on earth, always. If we use that as an excuse to never explore space we will go extinct, guaranteed.
Elon Musk and the US government mock you by wasting money on shooting rockets up in the sky, and he shoots his car up in space, what a great guy!
 Quoting: AC

SpaceX conducted the Falcon Heavy launch with their own funds, it was not a US government funded launch, Elon donated his own car as the test mass. And it was fucking glorious.


Accomplishes nothing to better our society.
 Quoting: AC

Wrong. The Falcon Heavy is now the most powerful operational rocket anywhere in the world by a factor of 2, for a fraction of the cost of the next most powerful rocket, even in fully expendable mode to say nothing of the additional cost savings provided by first stage re-use. That means more can be put into orbit for less money than ever before. Even if you don't appreciate the TESS mission, there are other VITAL satellites that SpaceX can launch for less money than previous rocket companies, including GPS, communications, and weather satellites, all of which improve and even save lives.
And I'm willing to bet any amount of money no civilians ever go to space.
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I will take that bet right now for $1000 dollars. I win.
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I'll give you my paypal so you can send me the $1000.
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The wind today down here is pretty bad. Hopefully that won't be a problem for the launch.
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Yeah, the winds are pretty high and that is the main weather concern right now from what I've heard. Unfortunately I couldn't be there today to watch the launch in person but I hope it's a good one.
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So exciting!

Falcons are running alot of launches. I wonder what the frequency is compared to the old Saturn's for comparable missions?
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Saturn launches supported Apollo and Skylab, but that's about it. For normal satellites like this, the Thor-Able (and eventually Delta) rocket would have been the workhorse of that era. The Falcon 9 was responsible for putting the US back on top as the most prolific country to conduct orbital launches last year. It was also the single most-utilized rocket of any rocket anywhere in the world.
[link to en.wikipedia.org (secure)]
 Quoting: The Deplorable Astromut



Awesome! Thanks for the information! hf
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LOL MR Pitt bull has to come on now to distract Flat Earth truth on this page sighs.
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Hey Astro, was the drone ship hit/damaged during the last attempt which failed?

I seem to remember some 'ooos' and 'ahhhs' as the rocket attempted to land... a bright flash... then that was it.
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LOL MR Pitt bull has to come on now to distract Flat Earth truth on this page sighs.
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Clearly you feel threatened by my presence, otherwise you wouldn't come on to this thread and try to derail it with your flat earth bullshit. How fragile your world view must be that you feel the need to lash out at a thread that wasn't addressing you at all. Pathetic. I pity you.
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NASA is launching Tess?? How does she feel about this?? Will she still be able to post or will the IP be blocked??
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Hey Astro, was the drone ship hit/damaged during the last attempt which failed?

I seem to remember some 'ooos' and 'ahhhs' as the rocket attempted to land... a bright flash... then that was it.
 Quoting: Carnac


The Falcon Heavy center core apparently damaged some of its engines when it hit the water hard a few hundred feet from the drone. You can see that footage in this montage:

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Hey Astro, was the drone ship hit/damaged during the last attempt which failed?

I seem to remember some 'ooos' and 'ahhhs' as the rocket attempted to land... a bright flash... then that was it.
 Quoting: Carnac


The Falcon Heavy center core apparently damaged some of its engines when it hit the water hard a few hundred feet from the drone. You can see that footage in this montage:

 Quoting: The Deplorable Astromut

Very well produced video. Especially loved Elon's personalization detail at 1:48 (*Made on Earth by humans*)to FR4 silk screen. hf
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Thanks!
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Is that retarded car still floating up there.
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Is that retarded car still floating up there.
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Yes.

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EXCELLENT!!! TY Astro!
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Supposedly, Kepler runs out of hydrazine fuel in a few months. TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) is the new and improved replacement.

Best of luck with the launch!!
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Let the fake launch begin! LMAO!
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Let the fake launch begin! LMAO!
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If it's fake then there is no possible way I should ever be able to track the TESS payload in orbit around the earth... you really want to make that bet?
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Letís please kee the trolls to a minimum in here

Iím trying to learn something
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Hey Astro, was the drone ship hit/damaged during the last attempt which failed?

I seem to remember some 'ooos' and 'ahhhs' as the rocket attempted to land... a bright flash... then that was it.
 Quoting: Carnac


The Falcon Heavy center core apparently damaged some of its engines when it hit the water hard a few hundred feet from the drone. You can see that footage in this montage:

 Quoting: The Deplorable Astromut


My friends and I play those booster landings everytime we want a good laugh at how stupid people are, will believe anything shown on a recording. good CGI though
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Hey Astro, was the drone ship hit/damaged during the last attempt which failed?

I seem to remember some 'ooos' and 'ahhhs' as the rocket attempted to land... a bright flash... then that was it.
 Quoting: Carnac


The Falcon Heavy center core apparently damaged some of its engines when it hit the water hard a few hundred feet from the drone. You can see that footage in this montage:

 Quoting: The Deplorable Astromut


My friends and I play those booster landings everytime we want a good laugh at how stupid people are, will believe anything shown on a recording. good CGI though
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4978155


I've seen and filmed them myself, in person. They're not "CGI," anyone can see this from Port Canaveral from public property less than 7 miles from the landing pad. I've personally filmed complete footage of the entire first stage flight, from launch to landing, uninterrupted and uncut.

Good luck explaining that.
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