NASA’s new planet-hunter to seek closer, Earth-like worlds

TAMPA (AFP) – 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 harbour life. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is scheduled to launch Monday at 6.32pm (2232 GMT) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida. More details in Tuesday’s Borneo Bulletin