TESS team is awarded NASA's Silver Achievement Medal

On Sept. 5, NASA awarded a gold Achievement Medal towards Transiting Exoplanet study Satellite (TESS) team. The honor had been provided throughout a ceremony during the NASA Goddard area Flight Center as part of NASA’s 2019 department Honor Awards.

The Silver Achievement Medal is given by NASA center administrators in recognition of federal government and non-government individuals or teams for “a stellar achievement that aids several of NASA’s core values, when it is considered become extraordinarily crucial and appropriate to recognize such success inside a timely and tailored fashion.”

TESS was released in April 2018 whilst the next step in NASA’s search for exoplanets, which are planets outside of Earth’s solar system. The four cameras aboard TESS were conceived, designed, and built because of the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and area analysis and by MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Collectively, the digital cameras will gaze at 85 percent of this sky during the period of its goal, to locate discreet dips in light that signify that a earth is driving before a celebrity.

George Ricker, TESS key investigator and senior research scientist on Kavli Institute, claims that “the NASA Silver Achievement Medal recognizes the revolutionary impact that TESS has become wearing the appearing area of exoplanets, along with TESS’ revealing of exciting brand-new ideas in stellar and extragalactic astrophysics. The people in the TESS technology and manufacturing groups can appropriately be proud of the marvelous instrument which they have brought into procedure in just 5 years from our mission’s choice by NASA. Im actually gratified to possess already been element of this impressive MIT-led group.”

Lincoln Laboratory group leader Gregory Berthiaume, whom served since the instrument supervisor the TESS mission, adds that he is pleased and honored to be always a the main TESS group, and congratulated the “incredibly gifted and devoted staff who offered crucial technologies and abilities that enabled the TESS instrument.”

“the group is continuing to the office hard to find earth candidates inside TESS information, and brand-new world candidates that can help us answer a few of the interesting concerns in exoplanets these days,” states Sara Seager, the deputy technology director of TESS who is also the Class of 1941 Professor seat in MIT’s division of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) with appointments inside departments of Physics and Aeronautics and Astronautics.

About 250 MIT researchers and designers come as recipients for the gold Achievement Medal for his or her part in the TESS group. 

Since its launch, TESS has actually found two dozen brand-new planets and 850 even more possible worlds that have however becoming verified. Scientists expect TESS to find 1000s of brand-new exoplanets by the time its goal has ended.

TESS is really a NASA Astrophysics Explorer objective led and operated by MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and handled by NASA’s Goddard area Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. George Ricker of MIT’s Kavli Institute, serves as principal detective the mission. Additional partners consist of Orbital ATK, NASA’s Ames Research Center, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and area Telescope Science Institute. More than a dozen universities, analysis institutes, and observatories all over the world tend to be individuals into the mission.