TESS continues testing before first observation.

TESS continues testing before first observation.

Artistic TESS satellite vision

After a successful launch on April 18, 2018, NASA’s newest planetary hunter TESS is now undergoing a series of tests for commissioning before it searches for planets. The team reports that the spacecraft and cameras are in excellent condition, and the device itself has successfully reached its final scientific orbit. Scientists continue to conduct tests to optimize the operation of spacecraft with a view to starting research in late July.

Each new mission goes through a commissioning period and is adjusted before the start of scientific operations. Thus, it is possible to check how the spacecraft and its instruments work, and also reveals the need to introduce any changes.

TESS is a NASA mission led by MIT (Cambridge, Mass.) And operated by the Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD).

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