TESS planet hunter flashes the first image


NASA’s one of the most ambitious projects is considered to be TESS or Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Recently on May 17, TESS completed a full lunar flyby. This successful completion took almost a month’s time after it had taken off on April 18 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It is believed that TESS roamed around 5000 miles from the moon’s surface. In its journey, the spacecraft Satellite has received a gravitational boost from the moon that will further accelerate its speed and help in achieving its target at a faster pace. In addition to its original mission, the scientists used one of the four high powerful cameras of the satellite to snatch away a two-second test image. The image depicted the Southern constellation Centaurus and highlighted more than 200,000 stars.

There are a large number of worlds which are believed to orbit around these stars. If the TESS is not about to detect most of them, it will surely find the trace