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NASA's newest planet-hunting spacecraft will have to wait another couple of days before lifting off.

The SpaceX rocket launch scheduled for Monday evening has been delayed. The next attempt will be Wednesday night.

TESS is expected to "catalog thousands of planet candidates" and hugely raise the existing number of "known exoplanets", according to the NASA website.

The planned liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, remains scheduled for 6:32 p.m. EDT Monday from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

SpaceX said extra time is needed to examine the Falcon 9 rocket's guidance, navigation and control system.


SpaceX sometimes uses recycled rocket boosters, but this one is brand new. Falcon 9 first stages perform engine maneuvers in space that send them back to Earth, where they can land on an offshore drone ship or landing pads near their launch sites.

Nasa is poised to launch a $337 million washing machine-sized spacecraft that aims to vastly expand mankind's search for planets beyond our solar system, particularly closer, Earth-sized ones that might harbor life.

The Tess Satellite could mean leaps and bounds for space exploration.

The satellite will look for transits or occasional light-blocking events that result due to the presence of a planet orbiting a star, according to a statement from NASA. On board is NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), created to find exoplanets. These newfound worlds eventually will become prime targets for future telescopes looking to tease out any signs of life.

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