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TESS launch on Falcon 9 rocket

UP, UP AND AWAY  NASA’s TESS telescope launches from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on April 18 on a mission to search for planets orbiting nearby, bright stars.

illustration of early solar system collisions

HERE TODAY  Violent collisions in the early solar system, illustrated here, probably broke apart would-be planets — but diamonds forged in those planets’ cores may have made it to Earth as meteorites.

TESS satellite

READY TO FLY  NASA’s exoplanet hunting TESS satellite, shown in this artist’s illustration, is ready for  launch.

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