Abbreviated Science Round-up: Distant worlds, wandering potatoes, and profitable grass
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On Monday, NASA will launch TESS — the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. This instrument provides the next big step in the search for planets outside our solar system, including those that may be capable of sustaining life.

Everything about the TESS mission is challenging. From the instrument itself, to the distant, eccentric, and unique operating orbit. Unlike previous instruments, such as Kepler, which looked at only one area of the sky, TESS will be able to look at the whole sky,...

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