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The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Author(s): G. R. Ricker; R. Vanderspek; J. Winn; S. Seager; Z. Berta-Thompson; A. Levine; J. Villasenor; D. Latham; D. Charbonneau; M. Holman; J. Johnson; D. Sasselov; A. Szentgyorgyi; G. Torres; G. Bakos; T. Brown; J. Christensen-Dalsgaard; H. Kjeldsen; M. Clampin; S. Rinehart; D. Deming; J. Doty; E. Dunham; S. Ida; N. Kawai; B. Sato; J. Jenkins; J. Lissauer; G. Jernigan; L. Kaltenegger; G. Laughlin; D. Lin; P. McCullough; N. Narita; J. Pepper; K. Stassun; S. Udry
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2016
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 99042B (9 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232071
Show Author Affiliations
G. R. Ricker, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
R. Vanderspek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
J. Winn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
S. Seager, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Z. Berta-Thompson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
A. Levine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
J. Villasenor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
D. Latham, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
D. Charbonneau, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
M. Holman, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
J. Johnson, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
D. Sasselov, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
A. Szentgyorgyi, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
G. Torres, Harvard-Smithsonian Ctr. for Astrophysics (United States)
G. Bakos, Princeton Univ. (United States)
T. Brown, Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (United States)
J. Christensen-Dalsgaard, Aarhus Univ. (Denmark)
H. Kjeldsen, Aarhus Univ. (Denmark)
M. Clampin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
S. Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
D. Deming, Univ. of Maryland, College Park (United States)
J. Doty, Noqsi Aerospace, Ltd. (United States)
E. Dunham, Lowell Observatory (United States)
S. Ida, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
N. Kawai, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
B. Sato, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
J. Jenkins, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
J. Lissauer, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
G. Jernigan, UCB Space Sciences Lab. (United States)
L. Kaltenegger, Cornell Univ. (United States)
G. Laughlin, Univ. of California Observatories (United States)
D. Lin, Univ. of California Observatories (United States)
P. McCullough, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
N. Narita, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (Japan)
J. Pepper, Lehigh Univ. (United States)
K. Stassun, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Fisk Univ. (United States)
S. Udry, Observatoire de Genève (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9904:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Makenzie Lystrup; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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