NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will search the stars for exoplanets using the transit method. Falcon 9 will place TESS into a highly elliptical Earth orbit before the spacecraft then uses a gravity assist from the Moon to further adjust its orbit.

The launch date was Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 10:51 PM (UTC).

Launch Date
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Launch Time
10:51 PM (UTC)
Launch Time (Pad)
06:51 PM (UTC-4)
Location SLC-40
Cape Canaveral AFS
Florida, United States
COSPAR ID 2018-038

Media Gallery

  • TESS Mission Broadcast (SpaceX)