SpaceX Rocket Launching NASA's TESS Exoplanet Hunter Today Looking for Life
By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | April 16, 2018 07:00 am ET
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — "NASA's next exoplanet-hunting mission is scheduled to launch today (April 16) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket…The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station here today at 6:32 p.m. EDT (2232 GMT). The weather looks good for the launch, with an 80-percent chance of clear skies at launch time, according to the Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron watching over the mission.
Shortly after liftoff, SpaceX will attempt to land the first stage of the two-stage Falcon 9 on a robotic ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. To date, the company has pulled off such first-stage touchdowns 23 times during Falcon 9 launches, with about half of the boosters coming down on "drone ships" and the other half returning to terra firma
SpaceX has re-flown 11 of these landed boosters. But the Falcon 9 lifting off today is brand-new, Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX vice president of build and flight reliability, said during a pre-launch briefing yesterday (April 15).
SpaceX also aims to recover the payload fairing, the nose cone that will protect TESS during liftoff — but not using the net-equipped boat named Mr. Steven. The fairing halves will float back to Earth under parachutes and splash down in the Atlantic Ocean, where company personnel will retrieve them via boat, Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX vice president of build and flight reliability, said during a pre-launch briefing yesterday (April 15). The company has made two attempts to catch its payload fairings without success, but hopes to recover fairings (which cost up to $6 million, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has said) for later reuse.
TESS will use four sensitive cameras to hunt for exoplanets around stars relatively close to the sun — work it will begin after getting to its final orbit, a highly elliptical 13.7-day path around Earth, in June. Those cameras will notice the tiny brightness dips caused when alien worlds cross their host stars' faces…"
In a companion article on the front page of Florida Today, April 16, James Dean wrote, "The mission will generate a huge catalog of exoplanets 'with the hope that someday in the next decades we'll be able to identify the potential for life to exist outside the solar system.' According to Jeff Volosin, the mission's project manager from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland."
From the very beginning, in article after article, the space community has made it clear that the main goal of the space program has been to determine the origin of life. This means that billions of dollars has and continues to be spent to fill the longing within the heart of man who knows not the God of the Bible, to answer life's most puzzling questions. Who is man? What is life? Where did it originate? Until these questions are answered from a scientific standpoint man will never be satisfied. So he continues his quest, spending the tax payers into oblivion, looking for planets, millions of light years away to answer a question that can be found in an old black book that costs but a few pennies at Costco or Sam's Club. It has Holy Bible written on the front, and it begins by saying, IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH.
In fact on December 24, 1968, in what was the most watched television broadcast at the time, the crew of Apollo 8 read in turn from the Book of Genesis as they orbited the Moon. Bill Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman recited Genesis chapter 1, verses 1 through 10, using the King James Version text.
By the way, there is life in outer space in a real place that the old Black Book calls Heaven. It's where God sits on His throne described in the following swords:
Rev 4:1-11 – After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Rev 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Rev 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Rev 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Rev 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
Rev 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Rev 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
If any one would like to go there, there is but one way. "Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.