The NASA space telescope has discovered two new exoplanets


Only five months after it went into orbit, the TESS satellite delivered its first results. NASA expects it to detect thousands of other exoplanets, some of which are close to Earth

The space telescope named Transiting Exoplant Satellite Survey, or TESS, this week discovered two new exoplanets, just five months after its launch, NASA said Thursday. The device must allow to expand the catalog of exoplanets already listed.

TESS was put into orbit last April for a two-year mission. Its mission is to continue the work of its predecessor, the Kepler Space Telescope, which has spotted most of the 3,500 exoplanets listed since the very first discoveries in 1995.

Too hot to support the development of life
The US Space Agency expects TESS to detect thousands of other exoplanets, including, perhaps, hundreds with a size close to Earth. Such planets are said to have the greatest chance of having telluric surfaces or oceans, as opposed to gaseous giants like Jupiter or Neptune.

TESS discovered two exoplanets in solar systems at least 49 light-years away. The temperatures on these two celestial bodies are too hot to be favorable to the development of life, one of the program's leaders, Sara Seager, told Reuters.

These planets will be reviewed by other researchers and offer the possibility of conducting a follow-up study, officials said.

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