#TESS is on track for a lunar flyby on 17 May at 06:34:35 UTC (2:34 AM EST). At this point, TESS will be 8,253 km from the lunar surface. In the coming days, follow @NASA, @NASAGoddard, @NASAblueshift and @NASA_TESS for more details.
[email protected]_TESS Mission Update: #TESS successfully completed a lunar flyby on May 17. TESS completed scheduled contact with @NASASCaN's Deep Space Network. Post flyby tracking was confirmed. TESS was 8,253.54 km from the surface of the moon at its closest approach.
Hot off the press, @NASA_TESS STARS!!!!The first TESS test image shown here by @mrtommyb at #chexo #dataisbeautiful
This test image from one of the four cameras aboard @NASA_TESS captures a swath of the southern sky along the plane of our galaxy. Imagine how many new #exoplanets TESS will find once we enter into science operations! #TESS
JUST IN: I’m excited to share the first image from one of the four cameras aboard @NASA_TESS, our new planet-hunting satellite! You’re looking at more than 200,000 stars in this remarkable image: https://go.nasa.gov/2Grw0q5
As part of camera commissioning, the #TESS science team snapped a two-second test exposure using one of the four @NASA_TESS cameras. A science-quality image, also referred to as a “first light” image, is expected to be released in June. Enjoy this preview! @TESSatMIT
Here's the @NASA_TESS with FITS header thanks to http://astrometry.net . Do science with it at your own peril 😉 http://nova.astrometry.net/user_images/2117266#annotated
Just down from center... moving object?
If you want to see the image in context, here it is placed on the sky in WorldWide Telescope: https://t.co/VvKcqKzQ0O https://t.co/qtc8sbCUeS
Quote from: webdan on 05/18/2018 03:46 pmJust down from center... moving object?Looks like it, cool.
NASA has released a higher-res version
[email protected]_TESS Mission Update: Based on great performance from the lunar fly-by, no adjustment burn is required. The next maneuver is the Period Adjust Maneuver (PAM) on May 30th; it will put #TESS into final science orbit. Observatory is in Coarse Pointing Mode operating nominally.
[email protected]_TESS Mission Update: The Period Adjust Maneuver (PAM) was completed successfully on May 30th. The burn was confirmed as nominal. No trajectory adjustment maneuver will be required. Success! #TESS is in its final lunar resonant orbit!
[email protected]_TESS Mission Update: The #TESS team are now assessing the final orbit to understand long term eclipse predictions and other parameters that can be used in planning the two year survey for #exoplanets.
@NASA_TESS Mission Update: #TESS continues to operate in its science orbit that was reached in May. In one of the last passes, TESS performed a "break dance:" rotating around to evaluate any stray light sources to characterize camera performance for the duration of the mission.