TESS starts scientific operations

TESS starts scientific operations

The artistic vision of a satellite of transit exoplanets TESS

NASA satellite TESS set about searching for alien worlds around nearby stars. Official research began on July 25, 2018. It is expected that the device in August will present its first series of scientific data. Then the transfer will be carried out every 13.5 days (once into orbit). The TESS team will begin to search for data on new planets immediately after the arrival of the first series.

TESS is the last NASA satellite to search for planets outside the solar system. The mission will spend the next 2 years tracking the periodic brightest stars in the periodic dips in the light. These events, called transits, hint at the possibility of passing in front of the star of the planet. It is believed that TESS will find thousands of worlds where some will be able to have life. TESS is a NASA mission led by MIT in Cambridge and managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt).

Scanning the sky by a new NASA planetary hunter

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