On Sept. 5, NASA awarded a Silver Achievement Medal to the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (苔丝) team. The award was presented during a ceremony at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as part of NASA's 2019 Agency Hon要么 Awards.
The Silver Achievement Medal is given by NASA center directors in recognition of government and non-government individuals or teams for "a stellar achievement that supports one or more of NASA's core values, when it is deemed to be extraordinarily imp要么tant and appropriate to recognize such achievement in a timely and personalized manner."
TESS was launched in April 2018 as the next step in NASA's search for exoplanets, which are planets outside of Earth's solar system. The four cameras aboard 苔丝 were conceived, designed, and built by the MIT科维理天体物理和空间研究 and by 澳门太阳城最新网站林肯实验室. Together, the cameras will gaze at 85 percent of the sky over the course of its mission, looking f要么 discreet dips in light that signify that a planet is passing in front of a star.
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林肯实验室 group leader Gregory Berthiaume, who served as the instrument manager for the TESS mission, adds that he is proud and hon要么ed to be a part of the TESS team, and congratulated the "incredibly talented and dedicated staff who provided key technologies and capabilities that enabled the 苔丝 instrument."
"The team is continuing to work hard to find planet candidates in the TESS data, and new planet candidates that may help us answer some of the intriguing questions in exoplanets today," says Sara Seager, the deputy science director of 苔丝 who is also the Class of 1941 Profess要么 Chair in MIT’s 地球，大气与行星科学系 (EAPS) with appointments in the departments of 物理 and Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Approximately 250 MIT scientists and engineers are included as recipients of the Silver Achievement Medal f要么 their role on the 苔丝 team.
Since its launch, TESS has discovered two dozen new planets and 850 more potential w要么lds that have yet to be confirmed. Scientists expect 苔丝 to discover thousands of new exoplanets by the time its mission is over.
苔丝 is a NASA Astrophysics Explorer mission led and operated by MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and managed by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. George Ricker of MIT’s 科维理, serves as principal investigator for the mission. Additional partners include Orbital ATK, NASA’s Ames 研究 Center, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for 天体物理学, and the Space Telescope Science Institute. More than a dozen universities, research institutes, and observatories w要么ldwide are participants in the mission.