NASA’s TESS mission finds ‘missing link’ planets

UC Riverside astrophysicist helps lead exoplanet discovery mission

NASA’s newest planet-hunting satellite has discovered a type of planet missing from our own solar system. 

Launched in 2018, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has found three new worlds around a neighboring star. Stephen Kane, a UC Riverside associate professor of planetary astrophysics, says the new star system, called TESS Object of Interest, or TOI-270, is exactly what the satellite was designed to find.

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