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The characterization and calibration of the first +NASA TESS flight focal plane assembly has been completed at +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. The focal plane assembly is a detector in a camera that will find new #exoplanets   by measuring dips in the brightness of stars as planets orbit in front of them. Before it is launched, engineers and scientists need to test the detector and understand the performance of it in space. +The Kavli Foundation 
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The propulsion subsystem for +NASA TESS has been completed and tested at +Orbital ATK. The system includes thrusters for on-orbit maneuvering and the propulsion tank that houses the fuel that TESS will use while hunting for new #exoplanets !
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Through the looking glass: a look down a +NASA TESS  camera barrel at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. This camera will find new #exoplanets   as part of +NASA's  newest mission to find new worlds.
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Our panel at Star Trek: Missions #StarTrekNY had a big announcement: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite - TESS will fly your #exoplanet   drawings with TESS when it launches! To find out more and how to submit your artwork, visit: https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/fly_your_exoplanet.html
Fly Your Exoplanet on The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Exoplanets. INSTRUCTIONS. WHO: All ages and skill levels are welcome, minors (under 18) must have permission of a parent or guardian to participate. WHAT: Your submission may take the form of a sketch or graphic in ...
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+NASA TESS  has a heartbeat! The spacecraft at +Orbital ATK was powered up and had software loaded by the Orbital ATK engineers and technicians.
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The first +NASA TESS camera detectors have been assembled and delivered to +Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and MIT Lincoln Laboratory. This detector will fly in space on one of the four TESS cameras and will find new #exoplanets ! Each CCD detector is 2048x2048, or 4.2 Megapixels, four CCDs together (in one camera) are 16.8 Megapixels.
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Take part in the search for new worlds and fly your exoplanet art with +NASA TESS! If you draw your vision of an exoplanet and submit it to the TESS project, a digital copy will fly in space with the spacecraft. For more information visit: https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/fly_your_exoplanet.html
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The first +NASA TESS camera with all of its lenses from MIT Lincoln Laboratory is ready to go! This camera and its seven lenses will find new #exoplanets on +NASA's next mission to find new worlds.
(Pictured are MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff: Greg Balonek, Jim Andre, Josh Brown, Ben Richards)
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The +NASA TESS Long Term Operations (LTO) center is up and running at +Orbital ATK. The LTO is where on orbit operations for TESS will take place post launch.
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We had a great time speaking to the public Star Trek: Missions about #exoplanets   and +NASA TESS. #StarTrekNY  
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The +NASA TESS Master Avionics Unit (MAU) from SEAKR Engineering, Inc. is connected to the harness on the spacecraft at +Orbital ATK. The harness is complex wiring that transmits signals, commands, and electrical power to other spacecraft components.
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Need some #mondaymotivation ?  Sometimes you may need to take a different perspective. The engineers at +Orbital ATK rotated the spacecraft to make it easier to reach some areas. This side facing us in this image is the bottom of the spacecraft.
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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).