NASA’s TESS Searches For Extraterrestrial Life
NASA’s new satellite, TESS, will soon launch in search for extraterrestrial life within our solar system. The exploration space agency is keen to discover new forms of alien life.
Thanks to NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, they have already identified over 2,000 extra planets within the past decade. So, now aim at actually tracking down extraterrestrial worlds.
The goal of the mission is to hopefully discover an alien planet that harbors another form of life – extraterrestrial to our own. However, this may prove to be difficult.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is due for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, tomorrow (April 16th, 2018) at 18:32 EDT.
TESS will be studying star systems that are between 10 to 300 light-years away from our own. It may seem like a far distance, but in terms of astrology, it is pretty small. Kepler, which launched in 2009, has been studying stars with a much greater distance than this.
Dr. Stephen Rinehard, who is a project scientist on the NASA mission at the Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, said that he hopes the new NASA satellite will discover new mysteries in our cosmos. Furthermore, he went on to say that perhaps they will discover something that will shock everyone and leave them “scratching their heads.”
Below is a video from NASA about their extraterrestrial finding satellite.
Search for extraterrestrial life
With four specialized cameras, TESS is able to look at 85% of the entire sky. This amazing field of view will cover an estimated 20 million stars!
Surely the search for alien life has taken another step forward.
Similar to the Kepler satellite, TESS is programmed to look for exoplanets by searching for what astronomers label as ‘transits’. This is when a planet’s orbit takes it to the forefront of their star and periodically blocks a percentage of the light admitted from the star. If TESS discovers such transits whilst in space, it is reasonable to conclude that the star may be being orbited by an extraterrestrial world.
Any possible newly discovered exoplanets will be prime candidates for further exploration and observation.
The new NASA satellite will be in transition for two years. The mission will be led by both MIT and the Goddard Space Center team.
More Alien News
So, in more recent alien news, it was released that Artificial Intelligence (A.I) will be used in the search for extraterrestrial life.
A research team at Plymouth University are using artificial neural networks (ANN’s) to look for alien life on other planets.
Artificial Intelligence could help scientists and astronomers make the breakthrough in finding evidence of extraterrestrials on planets that develop life.
The team from Plymouth University’s Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems have used ANN’s to help them discover alien life. The ANNs use a similar learning technique to a human brain. The designers programmed them to estimate the likelihood of extraterrestrial beings living on other planets.
The aim is to combine both A.I and human intelligence to help in the exploration for the search for other life within our cosmos.
Christopher Bishop, a Ph.D. student who headed the study at the University, said; “We’re currently interested in these ANNs for prioritizing exploration for a hypothetical, intelligent, interstellar spacecraft scanning an exoplanet system at a range,”
In the future, they hope to send such neural network systems into space that can relay data back to planet Earth. Furthermore, these A.I robotic probes would fan the furthest reaches of our galaxy in search of intelligent life.
The team has coded the A.I to split newly discovered worlds with the possibility of harboring life into five categories:
- Modern-day Earth
- Early-day Earth
- Titan (one of Saturn’s moons)
When a planet has been identified, the network system determines the probability of life existing on the planet based on the information of the above five categories.
Both NASA’s exoplanet TESS spacecraft and European Space Agency’s Ariel Space Mission launches could make use of the newly evolved A.I system for tracking and finding alien life.
The two missions will gather a large amount of data that the team at Plymouth University could use and analyze.
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