TESS first test image on it’s way to orbit:
more news from TESS: https://tess.mit.edu/news/
„Oxford study finds that there’s at least a 53 % chance that we’re alone in the Milky Way (this makes it a 47% that we are NOT alone in our Milky Way galaxy)“
so this is a 50:50 gamble?
„and at least a 40 percent chance that we’re alone in the visible universe. (this makes it a 60% probability we are NOT alone in the observable universe).“ (src)
July 27, 2018 – NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has started its search for planets around nearby stars, officially beginning science operations on July 25, 2018.