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TESS Spacecraft Uncrating

NASA/Ben Smegelsky2018-02-12

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The top of the shipping container is lifted up by crane from NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. TESS will be unpacked, lifted up by crane and moved to a test stand for processing. TESS is scheduled to launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. TESS is the next step in NASA's search for planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets. TESS is a NASA Astrophysics Explorer mission led and operated by MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Dr. George Ricker of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research serves as principal investigator for the mission. Additional partners include Orbital ATK, NASA’s Ames Research Center, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Space Telescope Science Institute. More than a dozen universities, research institutes and observatories worldwide are participants in the mission. NASA’s Launch Services Program is responsible for launch management.

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  • Title: TESS Spacecraft Uncrating
  • Creator: NASA/Ben Smegelsky
  • Date Created: 2018-02-12
  • Location: PHSF
  • Rights: KSC
  • Album: ajwatso3

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