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Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
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Author and Affiliation:
Ricker, G. R.(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Kavli Inst. for Astrophysics and Space Research, Cambridge, MA, United States);
Clampin, M.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States);
Latham, D. W.(Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA, United States);
Seager, S.(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA, United States);
Vanderspek, R. K.(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA, United States);
Villasenor, J. S.(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA, United States);
Winn, J. N.(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA, United States)
Abstract: The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. In a two-year survey, TESS will monitor more than 500,000 stars for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits. This first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, around a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. No ground-based survey can achieve this feat. A large fraction of TESS target stars will be 30-100 times brighter than those observed by Kepler satellite, and therefore TESS . planets will be far easier to characterize with follow-up observations. TESS will make it possible to study the masses, sizes, densities, orbits, and atmospheres of a large cohort of small planets, including a sample of rocky worlds in the habitable zones of their host stars. TESS will provide prime targets for observation with the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), as well as other large ground-based and space-based telescopes of the future. TESS data will be released with minimal delay (no proprietary period), inviting immediate community-wide efforts to study the new planets. The TESS legacy will be a catalog of the very nearest and brightest main-sequence stars hosting transiting exoplanets, thus providing future observers with the most favorable targets for detailed investigations.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2012
Document ID:
(Acquired Jul 23, 2012)
Subject Category: ASTRONOMY
Report/Patent Number: GSFC.CPR.01131.2012
Document Type: Conference Paper
Financial Sponsor: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
Organization Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright; Distribution as joint owner in the copyright
Miscellaneous Notes: SPIE - Instrumentation in Astronomy meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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