The Kepler telescope has carried out a terrific job since launching in 2009, however with that workhorse satellite reaching the cessation of its lifestyles, or no longer it's time for the Transiting Exoplanet Gaze Satellite (TESS) to preserve over.On Monday, NASA shared "dawn" pictures of the southern sky beamed help to Earth from its fresh planet searching satellite.
The fresh pictures utilise all Four of the satellite's large-self-discipline cameras, providing a panoramic look of the southern sky stitched collectively from sixteen determined pictures.
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, captured this snapshot of the Large Magellanic Cloud (right) and the star R Doradus (left) with a single detector on one of its four wide-field cameras on August 7.
TESS has been built upon the legacy of Kepler spacecraft of NASA, as it also utilizes the transits to find out exoplanets. In its latest photo, TESS captured stars and objects that includes systems that are home to exoplanets.
"We were very pleased with the number of guest investigator proposals we received, and we competitively selected programs for a wide range of science investigations, from studying distant active galaxies to asteroids in our own solar system", said Padi Boyd, TESS project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) captured this strip of stars and galaxies in the southern sky all the way through one 30-minute duration on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Download TESS "first light" images in HD resolution.
The image includes parts of a dozen constellations according to NASA running the gamut from Capricornus to Pictor.
The $337 million satellite launched on April 18 atop a Falcon 9 rocket on its way toward what scientists have hailed a 'mission for the ages'. TESS is picking up the exoplanet-hunting mantle from Kepler and is targeting stars much brighter than Kepler investigated.
Space telescope TESS are named by replacing the Kepler telescope, which is nearly completely worn out.
Its four wide-field cameras will view the sky in 26 segments, each of which it will observe one by one.
The first year of operations will have TESS studying 13 sectors of the southern sky.
'We learned from Kepler that there are more planets than stars in our sky, and now TESS will open our eyes to the variety of planets around some of the closest stars, ' said Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA's Headquarters. NASA's James Webb Space Telescope and a new generation of ground-based telescopes will be well-suited for the follow-up work.
Tess is 5 feet (1.5 meters) wide and is shorter than most adults.