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The Unique Orbit of TESS

11 Apr 2018, 13:00 UTC
The Unique Orbit of TESS
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NASA dixit:
“NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite – TESS – will fly in an orbit that completes two circuits around Earth every time the Moon orbits once. This special orbit will allow TESS’s cameras to monitor each patch of sky continuously for nearly a month at a time. To get into this orbit, TESS will make a series of loops culminating in a lunar gravity assist, which will give it the final push it needs. TESS will reach its orbit about 60 days after launch.”
Music Credit: “Drive to Succeed” from Killer Tracks
Video Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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