Gallery: Stunning Sunset Blastoff Starts NASA’s TESS Exoplanet Hunter Streak to Space Searching for New Earth’s

NASA’s
next planet-hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS),
successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 18, 2018 from Space
Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL – in this view from a pad
camera. TESS will search for new worlds outside our solar system for further
study.
  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
Ken Kremer     SpaceUpClose.com     28 April 2018

KENNEDY SPACE
CENTER, FL – A stunning sunset blastoff started NASA’s powerful TESS Exoplanet hunter
on its streak to space searching for new Earths beyond the confines of our
Solar System.

Enjoy our Space UpClose
gallery of photos and videos tracing the April 18 launch of NASA’s newest
science aiming to discover new Earth-like habitable worlds after soaring to an
unique orbit atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket under brilliant skies from Florida’s
Spaceport.

NASA’s
next planet-hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS),
successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 18, 2018 from Space
Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL – in this view from a pad
camera. TESS will search for new worlds outside our solar system for further
study.
  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Our belated gallery
was delayed due to my travels to Rockland County, New York immediately after
the TESS launch to attend the Northeast Astronomy and Space Forum (NEAF) which
I helped organize with half the lecture program including the VP of SpaceX Hans
Koenigsmann who launched the science spacecraft.

Check back as the gallery grows. 
Launch of NASA TESS exoplanet hunter on SpaceX Falcon 9 April
18, 2018 from pad 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.  
Credit:  Julian Leek

Launch of NASA TESS exoplanet hunter on SpaceX Falcon 9 April
18, 2018 from pad 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.  
Credit:  Julian Leek

Watch this launch
video compilation from cameras ringing pad 40:

Video Caption: UP CLOSE VIEWS of the NASA TESS satellite
launch
April 18, 2018. Credit: Jeff Seibert



TESS is
functioning well on its way to its final P/2 science orbit


NASA’s
next planet-hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS),
successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 18, 2018 from Space
Launch Complex-40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL – in this view from a pad
camera. TESS will search for new worlds outside our solar system for further
study.
  Credit: Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA’s TESS,
SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and more
space and mission
reports direct from the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station, Florida.

Stay tuned here for Ken’s continuing
Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news: www.kenkremer.com –www.spaceupclose.com –
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Ken Kremer

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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