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Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Author(s): George R. Ricker; Joshua N. Winn; Roland Vanderspek; David W. Latham; Gáspár Á. Bakos; Jacob L. Bean; Zachory K. Berta-Thompson; Timothy M. Brown; Lars Buchhave; Nathaniel R. Butler; R. Paul Butler; William J. Chaplin; David B. Charbonneau; Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard; Mark Clampin; Drake Deming; John P. Doty; Nathan De Lee; Courtney Dressing; Edward W. Dunham; Michael Endl; François Fressin; Jian Ge; Thomas Henning; Matthew J. Holman; Andrew W. Howard; Shigeru Ida; Jon M. Jenkins; Garrett Jernigan; John Asher Johnson; Lisa Kaltenegger; Nobuyuki Kawai; Hans Kjeldsen; Gregory Laughlin; Alan M. Levine; Douglas Lin; Jack J. Lissauer; Phillip MacQueen; Geoffrey Marcy; Peter R. McCullough; Timothy D. Morton; Norio Narita; Martin Paegert; Enric Palle; Francesco Pepe; Joshua Pepper; Andreas Quirrenbach; Stephen A. Rinehart; Dimitar Sasselov; Bun’ei Sato; Sara Seager; Alessandro Sozzetti; Keivan G. Stassun; Peter Sullivan; Andrew Szentgyorgyi; Guillermo Torres; Stephane Udry; Joel Villasenor

Paper Abstract

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will search for planets transiting bright and nearby stars. TESS has been selected by NASA for launch in 2017 as an Astrophysics Explorer mission. The spacecraft will be placed into a highly elliptical 13.7-day orbit around the Earth. During its 2-year mission, TESS will employ four wide-field optical charge-coupled device cameras to monitor at least 200,000 main-sequence dwarf stars with IC≈4−13 for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits. Each star will be observed for an interval ranging from 1 month to 1 year, depending mainly on the star’s ecliptic latitude. The longest observing intervals will be for stars near the ecliptic poles, which are the optimal locations for follow-up observations with the James Webb Space Telescope. Brightness measurements of preselected target stars will be recorded every 2 min, and full frame images will be recorded every 30 min. TESS stars will be 10 to 100 times brighter than those surveyed by the pioneering Kepler mission. This will make TESS planets easier to characterize with follow-up observations. TESS is expected to find more than a thousand planets smaller than Neptune, including dozens that are comparable in size to the Earth. Public data releases will occur every 4 months, inviting immediate community-wide efforts to study the new planets. The TESS legacy will be a catalog of the nearest and brightest stars hosting transiting planets, which will endure as highly favorable targets for detailed investigations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2014
PDF: 10 pages
J. Ast. Inst. Sys. 1(1) 014003 doi: 10.1117/1.JATIS.1.1.014003
Published in: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems Volume 1, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
George R. Ricker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Joshua N. Winn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Roland Vanderspek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
David W. Latham, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Gáspár Á. Bakos, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Jacob L. Bean, The Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Zachory K. Berta-Thompson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Timothy M. Brown, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
Lars Buchhave, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Nathaniel R. Butler, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
R. Paul Butler, Carnegie Institute of Washington (United States)
William J. Chaplin, The Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Aarhus Univ. (Denmark)
David B. Charbonneau, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Jørgen Christensen-Dalsgaard, Aarhus Univ. (Denmark)
Mark Clampin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Drake Deming, Univ. of Maryland (United States)
John P. Doty, Noqsi Aerospace, Ltd. (United States)
Nathan De Lee, Northern Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Courtney Dressing, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Edward W. Dunham, Lowell Observatory (United States)
Michael Endl, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
François Fressin, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Jian Ge, Univ. of Florida (United States)
Thomas Henning, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Matthew J. Holman, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Andrew W. Howard, Univ. of Hawai'i at Hilo (United States)
Shigeru Ida, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Jon M. Jenkins, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Garrett Jernigan, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
John Asher Johnson, Harvard Univ. (United States)
Lisa Kaltenegger, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Nobuyuki Kawai, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Hans Kjeldsen, Aarhus Univ. (Denmark)
Gregory Laughlin, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz (United States)
Alan M. Levine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Douglas Lin, Lick Observatory (United States)
Jack J. Lissauer, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Phillip MacQueen, The Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Geoffrey Marcy, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
Peter R. McCullough, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Timothy D. Morton, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Norio Narita, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
Martin Paegert, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Enric Palle, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Spain)
Francesco Pepe, Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)
Joshua Pepper, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Lehigh Univ. (United States)
Andreas Quirrenbach, Landessternwarte Heidelberg (Germany)
Stephen A. Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Dimitar Sasselov, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Bun’ei Sato, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
Sara Seager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Alessandro Sozzetti, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino (Italy)
Keivan G. Stassun, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Fisk Univ. (United States)
Peter Sullivan, MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (United States)
Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Guillermo Torres, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
Stephane Udry, Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)
Joel Villasenor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


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