All About TESS - the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Dave Latham, CfA
Monday 15 April 2013, Noon
Pratt Conference Room, 60 Garden Street
On Friday April 5, TESS was selected as an Explorer investigation by NASA.
TESS will use an array of telescopes to perform an all-sky survey to
discover transiting exoplanets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, in orbit
around the nearest and brightest stars in the sky. Its goal is to
identify terrestrial planets in the habitable zones of nearby
stars. These planets will be the best targets
for follow-up observations to determine planetary masses
with facilities such as the HARPS spectrographs (North and South)
and G-CLEF on the GMT, and characterization of their atmospheres
with the James Webb Space Telescope. George Ricker of MIT is the
Principal Investigator, and the
team includes scientists from the CfA.