NASA’s new exoplanet-hunting spacecraft was now getting to the designated eccentric orbit which is present around the Earth. When it is transiting, TESS has taken the first ever picture with the help of one of the cameras which is present in the TESS.
TESS has four cameras, and from the four cameras, it has taken the photo of about more than 200,000 stars to test the image quality of the photos. According to NASA, this is a test image and not a science –quality image and it will come to the Earth somewhere in between June and July 2018. In mid-June, the satellite will be fully operational, and all the four cameras will be active to capture about 400 times more area which is now shown in the first image of the TESS.
TESS has got a gravity assisted when it was zoomed past Moon as per pre-planned. The assist by the gravity of the moon has put the satellite into the trajectory which will be in its final orbit, and it will obtain once in the last burn of the engine, and the last burn will be performed on May 30th, 2018.
The main aim of the TESS is to survey a huge area of the sky as it will be following an eccentric and never-followed-before orbit and it will provide a great exposure when it is covering a vast area which is much bigger than the other missions. The image which was taken by TESS was from the southern sky which is along the plane of the Milky Way galaxy. It also shows the edge of the Coalsack Nebula which is located in the right upper corner of the image. The image also shows more than 200,000 stars which are visible in the image.
Once the mission gets started, it will survey the slightest dim in the light which is then used by the scientists to determine the presence of an exoplanet.