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Transiting exoplanet survey satellite


The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite project is one of 11 proposals recently accepted for evaluation as potential future science missions by NASA. Each project will receive $1 million to conduct an 11-month mission concept study. Led by George Ricker, senior research scientist at MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research, TESS would use an array of telescopes to perform an all-sky survey to discover transiting exoplanets in orbit around the nearest and brightest stars in the sky. TESS team members also include the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, Orbital Sciences Corporation, NASA’s Ames Research Center and the Space Telescope Science Institute.


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