TESS, in cautarea planetelor locuibile. Lansarea

SpaceX a lansat ieri noapte, de la hangarul SLC 40 al bazei spatiale Cape Canaveral, cea de a opta misiune a sa pe anul in curs (din cele 11 zboruri americane pana in prezent). In prim plan o racheta Falcon 9 FT (v1.2), numar serial B1045, complet noua, apartinand blocului 4, ce va fi inlocuit, nu mai departe de urmatorul zbor al companiei din mai, avand la bord primul satelit geostationar al Bangladeshului, Bangabandhu 1, de varianta finala bloc 5 (cel putin asta afirma recent Elon Musk spunand ca dezvoltarea Falcon 9 se va opri aici).
Aceasta a fost a doua misiune exotica a lui SpaceX daca putem spune asa: la bord s-a aflat telescopul TESS, un satelit de 365 kg, ce va asigura comunitatii astronomice (in conditiile in care Kepler se apropie cu pasi repezi de final) c... [Read more]
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