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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 TESS telescpope

LOOK CLOSER  NASA’s next exoplanet hunting telescope, TESS (shown in this artist’s illustration), will seek out worlds orbiting the nearest and brightest stars.

animation of signals from alien civilizations

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?  Electromagnetic signals (blue circles) from alien civilizations will continue traveling through the Milky Way even after the aliens are gone. The appearance of a doughnut hole represents when a civilization dies out.

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