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Technology SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescope

02:21  19 april  2018
02:21  19 april  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX 's first high-priority science mission for NASA , a planet - hunting orbital Within minutes of the launch , the main-stage booster separated from the upper part of the rocket and flew itself back to Earth for a successful touchdown

A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX 's first high-priority science mission for NASA , a planet - hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harbouring life. The Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, lifted.

FILE PHOTO: Artist's rendering of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida © REUTERS FILE PHOTO: Artist's rendering of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 18 (Reuters) - A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glitch.

The Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, lifted off on schedule from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:51 p.m. EDT, starting the clock on a two-year quest to detect more worlds circling stars beyond our solar system that might harbor life.

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A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX 's first high-priority science mission for NASA , a planet - hunting orbital telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system that might be capable of harbouring life. The Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, lifted.

The Himalayan Times > Science & Technology > SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet - hunting telescope . CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA : A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Wednesday on SpaceX ’s first high-priority science mission for NASA , a

The main-stage booster successfully separated from the upper-stage of the rocket and headed back to Earth on a self-guided return flight to an unmanned landing vessel floating in the Atlantic.

The first stage, which can be recycled for future flights, then landed safely on the ocean platform, according to SpaceX launch team announcers on NASA TV.

Blastoff followed a two-day launch postponement forced by a technical glitch in the rocket's guidance-control system. (Reporting by Joey Roulette from Cape Canaveral, Florida; Additional reporting and writing by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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