Disappointed space watchers were assured by NASA that there are no major concerns with the launch overall.
SpaceX, which was awarded "Category 2" certification for the "Full Thrust" Falcon 9 by NASA in January (PDF) despite a notable boom on the way to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015, has to hit a 30-second launch window, which opens at 22:32 UTC tonight from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral.
The SpaceX rocket launch scheduled for Monday evening has been delayed. TESS is scheduled to launch on April 16, 2018.
It wrote: "Standing down today to conduct additional GNC analysis, and teams are now working towards a targeted launch of @NASA_TESS on Wednesday, April 18". The technical glitch has delayed the launch of new NASA space telescope, created to detect worlds beyond our solar system, for at least 48 hours. The broadcast, originally set to air yesterday at 6 p.m., has been scrubbed until the Falcon 9 problem is addressed and the TESS launch is back on schedule.
Watch the launch live on WINK News Wednesday at 6:51 p.m.
The Tess Satellite could mean leaps and bounds for space exploration.
"This special orbit is key in potentially finding thousands of new planets outside our solar system".
This highly-elliptical orbit will help maximize TESS's field of vision, making it possible for the satellite's four cameras to image up to 85 percent of the sky.
The two-year, $337 million TESS mission is created to build on the work of its predecessor, the Kepler space telescope, which has discovered the bulk of some 3,700 exoplanets documented during the past 20 years and is running out of fuel.
But TESS will scan a broader swath of the heavens to focus on 200,000 pre-selected stars that are relatively nearby - some of them just dozens of light years away - and thus among the brightest as seen from Earth.
Scientists from NASA are trying to discover more about exoplanets outside our solar system to find out if any have life that is similar to ours.