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TESS Mission

On Wednesday, April 18th at 6:51 p.m. EDT, SpaceX successfully launched NASA’s TESS spacecraft from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage successfully landed on “Of Course I Still Love You,” SpaceX’s droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Falcon 9 delivered TESS to a highly elliptical orbit and the spacecraft was deployed approximately 49 minutes after liftoff. You can watch a replay of the launch below and find more information about the mission in our press kit.