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NASA intern discovers new exoplanet

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A 17-year-old intern at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center discovered a new exoplanet orbiting two stars, NASA announced this week.

Why it matters: This planet, dubbed "TOI 1338 b" is located in a system 1,300 light-years away from Earth, and it is the first world orbiting two stars that's been seen by NASA's recently launched Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

Background: TESS launched in April 2018 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX is Elon Musk's private space company, which holds billions of dollars in contracts with NASA as well as other companies.

Go deeper: Watch NASA's video detailing TOI 1338 b discovery