NASA's Transit Exoplanet Survey satellite began its search for planets around nearby stars and officially began scientific operations on July 25, 2018.
TESS is due to send its first series of scientific data to Earth in August and thereafter periodically every 13.5 days, once per orbit, as the spacecraft makes the closest approach to Earth. The TESS Science Team will start scanning the data for new planets as soon as the first series arrives.
"I am thrilled that our new Planetary Hunter mission is ready to search the neighborhood of our solar system for new worlds," said Paul Hertz, NASA's Astrophysics Division Director at Headquarters, Washington
"Now that we Knowing that there are more planets than stars in our universe, I am looking forward to the strange, fantastic worlds that we must discover. "
TESS is NASA's newest satellite is looking for planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets. The mission will spend the next two years monitoring the next and brightest stars for periodic dips in their light.
These events, called transits, suggest that a planet could pass in front of its star. TESS will use this method to find thousands of planets, some of which could potentially support life.
Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellites
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