The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Author(s)Ricker, George R; Vanderspek, Roland K; Seager, Sara; Levine, Alan M; Villasenor, Jesus N S.; Winn, Joshua Nathan; Berta-Thompson, Zach; ... Show more Show less
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The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. This first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants. TESS stars will be far brighter than those surveyed by previous missions; thus, TESS planets will be easier to characterize in follow-up observations. For the first time it will be 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.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research
Proceedings Volume 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Ricker, G. R., et al. "The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite." Proceedings Volume 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 26 June - July 6, 2016, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, edited by Howard A. MacEwen et al., SPIE, 2016, p. 99042B. © 2016 SPIE
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