NASA’s exoplanet-hunting spaceship which is set to take off its way to the sky is expected to launch on April 16, 2018.
TESS is set to launch this spacecraft via a transit method which will help in viewing the brightness dips that will appear only when the planet crosses its host star from its face. This is the same strategy that was earlier employed by NASA’s renowned Kepler space telescope that was traced about 2/3rd of the 37000km exoplanet.
With this launch, TESS is striving hard to find planets that reside close enough and will be investigated via other instruments in depth, specifically NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope that is scheduled to be launched in 2020 and is worth $8.8 billion behemoth.
TESS is set to work from its unique vantage point is known to be highly elliptical orbit having no other spacecraft occupying it, as stated by mission officials. Once the NASA’s exoplanet-hunting spaceship is launched, TESS is expected to expand its orbit till the time it flies closes enough to reach the moon in order to receive a gravitational assist, as per new video from NASA.
After reaching the orbit, TESS is set to spend its time at least for two years and the utmost point would be 232,000 miles from the earth. This will allow spacecraft to survey part of sky from the moon onto our planet without causing any kind of interference. Suring the closest encounter TESS captures, it will beam back the information that was collected from its previous rounds of enormous annotations.
Apparently, TESS will be spending it 1st year monitoring the celestial southern Hemisphere, moving to and fro between the different locations in the sky after every 27 days. This is to make sure that it always remains away from the sun.
Also, TESS is likely to end up its closure around the planet once in every 13.7 days.
The trade mark electronic system, TESS is a service of the trademark office and US. Patent that is led by George Ricker known as a principal investigator and an astrophysicist of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Apart from this, the mission is successfully managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt based in the Maryland.