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NASA planet hunter in safe mode after computer glitch

After a computer malfunction on Monday, NASA's planet-hunting programme is in safe mode.

In order to search for exoplanets, NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission was launched in 2018. TESS was only intended to run for two years, but it has continued to make observations, finding thousands of candidate worlds and more than 250 confirmed exoplanets.

However, the spacecraft abruptly entered safe mode on Monday, stopping observations, according to a NASA statement (opens in new tab). In the time since, TESS staff has discovered that the spacecraft's flight computer was reset, which is why the spacecraft entered safe mode.

According to NASA, the spacecraft is stable, and the science observations that haven't yet been transmitted to Earth seem secure as well. (TESS submits its data when it is closest to Earth and orbits the planet on an especially eccentric course.)

While the team is striving to get TESS back to regular operation, NASA officials wrote that the procedure could take several days.

TESS examines a different area of the sky each month, counting and measuring the brightness of a wide variety of stars. Tiny periodic dimming may indicate that a planet is passing TESS' field of vision as it orbits the star.

Astronomers have utilized TESS data to investigate comets, supernovas, binary stars, and other cosmic objects in addition to finding exoplanets, which was the mission's primary objective.

Website: Edited by: Satyavrat Singh

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