Google will sponsor a planetary search satellite for NASA slated to launch in 2017, reports the Herald Sun. It's part of the transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission to send a set of specialist cameras into space to scan the skies. It's one of two projects from NASA. The goal of TESS becomes identifying terrestrial planets around nearby stars. George Ricker of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge will lead the mission.