NASA’s “Tess” is Searching for Alien Worlds

NASA’s Tess (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) is going in search of some 200,000 of the brightest stars, in an attempt to find alien worlds. The satellite will hitch a ride with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and then spend two years floating around space, not just to observe but ultimately to find exoplanets (potentially habitable planets). Tess will be “flung into a highly elliptical orbit around Earth …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Experimental cities, self-driving cars, alien life and more in our look around the web

1. Isle of Dogs’ Animation Teams Explains Their Stop Motion Process For anyone transfixed by the visuals of the latest animated Wes Anderson film, “Isle of Dogs,” animation director Mark Waring and lead animator Jason Stalman begin to explain some of their meticulous process in a new short documentary, “Making of: Animators.” As both are quick to admit, it’s not easy trying to get a …

Astronauts Opine on Alien Life

At a Darren Aronofsky-hosted discussion for National Geographic’s new “One Strange Rock” series, numerous astronauts touched upon their belief in alien life. Between their advanced scientific background and an outside-of-Earth perspective, astronauts are uniquely qualified to opine on the subject. That said, “We have to think through things to find the evidence,” Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, added—reminding everyone of the value …