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GNC is the guidance navigation control on board the Falcon 9 rocket, which was scheduled to put TESS into orbit - obviously an important part of the mission. SpaceX did not elaborate about testing to be done.

Going against initial plans to launch their Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS for short) this evening by around 6:30 p.m. EST, NASA and SpaceX have now chose to postpone the launch until Wednesday, April 18.

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TESS is intended as a high-powered successor to the Kepler space telescope, which has orbited the sun alongside the Earth for the past 10 years and detected most of the exoplanets now known to science.

Last week, SpaceX was reported to be raising $507 million in new funding in a round that would value it at $25 billion.

NASA Scientists believe they will find some giant planets, like Jupiter, but will also find planets that are similar in size to Earth.

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The national Board of the United States of America on Aeronautics and research of space administration (NASA) launches orbiting Observatory TESS. "On average the stars that TESS observes are 30-100 times brighter and 10 times closer than the stars that Kepler focused on". It is created to look stars of all ages and sizes within a few hundred light-years of Earth, and it will be able to canvass the entire sky in just two years.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral air force Station in Florida at 8:30am AEST. Its main goal over the next two years is to scan more than 200,000 of the brightest stars for signs of planets circling them and causing a dip in brightness known as a transit.

After years of webcasting rocket launches, SpaceX recently earned the government's scrutiny for the practice - likely due to the jaw-dropping views (and incredible popularity) of its "Starman" video feed in February. "We did it for you".

"There is no such restriction on government missions", a SpaceX representative told Business Insider in an email. The satellite will fly with the Falcon for 44 minutes before being ejected on to a highly elliptical path around Earth. The lift-off window opens on Monday, 6:32 p.m. EDT, soon after which the payload will be positioned in orbit.

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