TESS - NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite will be scanning for new planets outside of our solar system, ranging from Earth-sized ones to gas giants, monitoring 200 000 stars during a two year mission. When a planet passes in front of its star there's a small dip in the star's measured brightness, which the spacecraft will detect. TESS is scheduled to launch on a Falcon 9 rocket in April 2018.
This reimagined "mission patch" shows a stylised planetary transit in front a star disk, and the corresponding measured dip in light intensity.
I have been intrigued by astrobiology since I took a course in the subject at Lund University in 2003. Since then a lot has happened in the field. Finding new exoplanets means finding new possible worlds that could harbour life. — Katarina Eriksson