SpaceX launched a spy satellite for the NRO in 2017. (SpaceX)

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SpaceX Set to Launch NASA’s New Planet Exploration Mission into Orbit

TESS is embarking on a two-year mission to find more planets outside our solar system.

The world will be watching tonight as SpaceX launches NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) into orbit. Set to take off on a two-year mission at 6:32 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Wired reports that the Falcon 9 used for this flight has a band new stage booster, and it’s already successfully test-fired it. TESS, about the size of a refrigerator, will spend its time searching for new planets. Wired reports that its predecessor, the Kepler Space Telescope, identified thousands of potential planets outside of our solar system — 2,600 of which have been verified by scientists here on Earth.

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