NASA's planetary probe is involved in the search for extraterrestrial life
NASA's newest planet hunter is engaged in the hunt for intelligent aliens.
The Space Agency's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will work with the $ 100 million Breakthrough Lists project to search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). , the teams announced on Wednesday.
"It's exciting that the world's top performing SETI search with our partner companies around the world will work with the TESS team and our most powerful planetary hunting machine, Pete Worden." The director of Breakthrough Initiatives, a program that includes the Breakthrough Listen project, said in a statement.
TESS launched in April 201
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Breakthrough Listen, a scientific program hopes to investigate one million nearby stars, the entire galactic plane, and 100 nearby galaxies in search of evidence for technological life.
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Artistic representation of HD 21749c, the first planet-sized planet found in NASA's Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite, and sister HD 21749b, a warm sub-Neptune world.
(Robin Dienel, by courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science)
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According to Space.com, TESS has so far discovered more than 1,000 "objects of interest," of which 29 are foreign planets.
"We are very excited about participating in the Breakthrough Listen SETI search," said Sara Seager, TESS Deputy Science Director, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in a statement. "Of all exoplanet experiments, only SETI has the promise to identify signs of intelligent life."
TESS team members said it will find as many as 10,000 or more new exoplanets over the course of its two years. Year mission.
"We look forward to working together as we try to answer one of the deepest questions about our place in the universe: are we alone?" Worden said.
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