NASA Planet-Hunting Telescope, Diamonds from Lost Planet + Other Things You Should Know About Space This Week

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Space holds so many secrets and yet the humanity knows only a few of them. Each week Nexter.org prepares a new dose of space news and latest discoveries that make us one step closer to space.

Planet-hunter telescope

NASA launched a new planet-hunting telescope to ‘discover thousands of planets’ aboard a SpaceX rocket. Nexter.org reported that the new spacecraft is called TESS, or the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, and is tasked with discovering “thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky,” according to NASA’s website.

The space telescope will be flying as far out as the moon and scan the sky for planets, then come back towards Earth to send home its data. Each orbit will take nearly 14 days.

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Source: NASA’S GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER

NASA’s 3D printed parts

NASA’s new crew capsule Orion will have over 100 3D printed parts specially developed by prime contractor Lockheed Martin, in cooperation with 3D printing experts Stratasys and the engineering firm PADT.

According to Stratasys, these parts will be made of entirely new materials that are specially designed to withstand the rigors of deep space.

“In space, for instance, materials will build up a charge,” the Vice President of Manufacturing Solutions at Stratasys, Scott Sevcik, said to Reuters. “If that was to shock the electronics on a space craft there could be significant damage.”

Source: NASA/Radislav Sinyak

Meteorite diamonds from lost planet

A diamond-bearing space rock that exploded in Earth’s atmosphere in 2008 was part of a lost planet from the early System, a study suggests.

The parent “proto-planet” would have existed billions of years ago before breaking up in a collision and was about as large as Mercury or Mars.

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Source: SETI / P JENNISKENS / M SHADDAD

The meteorites fell to Earth in the Nubian desert of Sudan.

The finding also boosts the theory that today’s System planets were forged from the remains of tens of large “proto-planets”.

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