Dramatic results may come from new planet-finder

TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, launched on April 18 and is operating properly, says a member of NASA's analysis team. The satellite may discover as many as 3,000 new exoplanets around relatively nearby stars.

Joe Bauman, a former Deseret News science reporter, writes an astronomy blog at the-nightly-news.com and is an avid amateur astronomer. His email is [email protected]