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+NASA TESS  Camera Accommodation Structures (CAS) from +Orbital ATK will undergo Sine Vibe testing next week. The completed CAS is set up on the sine vibe plate in preparation for testing. #exoplanets   #findingplanets  
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Hopefully you have been enjoying seeing the +NASA TESS come together as flight hardware arrives. Over the next year, the team will start to integrate the various pieces of TESS together. Stay tuned for more!
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Here are eight #starwars worlds that are strikingly similar to real planets we've discovered: http://go.nasa.gov/1Qn5eSO
What would you say if you found out that our galaxy harbors planets much like the ones in Star Wars?
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This thermal vacuum chamber at +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is ready to test +NASA TESS cameras to find new #exoplanets !
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The +NASA TESS  flight structure undergoing static load testing earlier this week. +Orbital ATK 
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The +NASA TESS  Ka Transmitter Engineering Development Unit has been delivered from Space Micro to +Orbital ATK. The Ka Band transmitter will send exoplanet science data back to Earth for processing
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These +NASA TESS lenses will be used within our flight cameras to find new #exoplanets  
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The first +NASA TESS flight lens hood from MIT Lincoln Laboratory shipped from Superior Jig, Inc. today
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Some new photos of the +NASA TESS flight lens hoods from MIT Lincoln Laboratory undergoing fabrication at Superior Jig, Inc.
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Flight hardware for +NASA TESS keeps coming in! The flight propellant tank has been received at +Orbital ATK
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The +NASA TESS team would like to thank our supporters. Each day we move closer to discovering new #exoplanets that we will investigate for years to come by building TESS flight hardware. +NASA +NASA Goddard +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) +Orbital ATK 
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+NASA TESS flight S-band Antennas completed vibe testing today without any issues. Thermal testing is next! +Orbital ATK 
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NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
Introduction
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (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.

TESS team partners include the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (MKI) and MIT Lincoln Laboratory; NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center; Orbital ATK Inc.; NASA’s Ames Research Center; the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; the Aerospace Corporation; and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

TESS was selected by NASA as an Astrophysics Explorer mission in 2013. The TESS launch date is no earlier than June 2018 (the current working launch date is August 2017).