UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – NASA hopes to discover thousands of hidden worlds outside our solar system when it launches its new planet search vehicle this week.
The spacecraft outside the solar system, called TIS, is scheduled to launch on Monday (April 16) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a Space 9 rocket from Space X, according to the Reuters agency,
Over the past 10 years, NASA has studied thousands of so-called planets outside the solar system.
NASA now expects to add thousands of new planets to its list.
“We believe that the TIS will build on this diversity and reveal more of the worlds that expand our imagination and enrich our understanding of how the planets form and evolve,” said Jennifer Burt, a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The mission could also “tell us whether planets like Earth are common or relatively rare in the galaxy,” she said.
Part of the task will be to look for the effects of a life that can be researched and verified in future space missions.