The members of NASA’s instrument team announced that the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite that was created to search for new planets not far from the sun has started collecting scientific information from July 26. The satellite will send the interim information to NASA in August and will share new studies every 13.5 days.
The satellite was launched on April 18 and had to undergo some testing to ensure it was prepared for use. In May, it sent its first image which was a test photo to NASA which showed 200000 stars out of which some could have at least one planet.
Paul Hertz, the director of astrophysics division stated he was thrilled that the satellite was ready to start searching for new planets and he is looking forward to finding new worlds that have not been discovered so far.
The satellite will follow the path of Kepler telescope which in just two missions have found 2650 planets as sated by the space agency.
TESS will study small submergence in the brightness of these stars which is caused due to a planet that is moving between its star and the telescope in its orbit. Kepler was confined to few planets during its mission but TESS will analyze all of the atmospheres in its two years of research. The group that has created TESS calculated that the satellite would spot around 1,600 new planets out of which some could be the size of Earth. These planets are expected to be helpful in the follow-up study for NASA’s much-delayed James Webb Space Telescope.