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In ONGOING HUNT FOR PLANETS beyond our own solar system, spacecraft in coming years will focus their telescopes on nearest stars-those in our immediate neighborhood of Milky Way galaxy. Studying closest stars offers best chances for studying Earth-size PLANETS-simply because these smaller PLANETS are so difficult to detect and characterize in planetary systems of faraway stars. Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, Or TESS, Could Be Successor To Today's Kepler Mission, Which Is Compiling Statistical View Of Extrasolar Systems By Surveying 156 000 Distant Stars Between 600 And 3 000 Light Years From Earth-all Of Which Are Roughly In Direction Of Constellation, Cygnus. TESS, by contrast, is being designed at KAVLI Institute FOR Astrophysics and Space Research Massachusetts Institute of Technology to conduct all-sky survey of stars much closer to Earth. It would survey 400 times as much of sky as any previous Mission-looking for telltale dips in starlight as PLANETS transit, or cross, in front of their home star as they orbit. TESS would have ability to study light from variety of stars, including M stars, which are smaller and cooler than solar-type stars and much more abundant in galaxy. This Fall, NASA announced that TESS project was one of five proposals selected as potential Explorer Mission, and as result, it will receive $1 million to conduct 11-month Mission concept study. Low-cost Explorer missions are capped at $200 each, excluding launch vehicle. In 2013, NASA plans to select up two Explorer Mission proposals FOR flight, and if selected, TESS could launch as early as 2016. Shortly after announcement this Fall, KAVLI FOUNDATION spoke with GEORGE RICKER, senior Research scientist at MKI, about how TESS would fit into larger effort to detect and characterize exoplanets, its strategy for finding Small Earth-like PLANETS, and how proposed Mission is being designed to fly in tough budgetary times. KAVLI FOUNDATION: TESS Mission, which will look FOR Transiting PLANETS orbiting stars beyond solar system, will build on discoveries by today's Kepler Mission and pave way FOR studies by James Webb Space Telescope, which will have capability to spectroscopically analyze atmospheres of exoplanets. Can you explain broadly how will fulfill this pioneering role, after Kepler and before JWST, in advance Exoplanet studies? GEORGE RICKER: role of TESS will be to scout sky FOR extrasolar PLANETS that will be best targets FOR detailed study in future. And it will do that by searching entire sky and by concentrating on brightest stars. TESSs search area will be about 400 times greater than area Kepler is covering, and it will be able to seek out targets that are optimally placed FOR follow-up and also optimally bright FOR focused follow-up using optical and infrared telescopes, especially those that are being developed to do detailed spectroscopy and those optimize FOR long-term monitoring.

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TESS is from Royal Oak, Michigan, United States and is member of Sea Scout Ship Argonaut of Water and Woods Council. She has been active in scouting for 4 years and has earned rank of Apprentice. She will graduate in 2020 from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Flanders, Belgium with degree in International Business Administration. She participated in 2016 Koch Cup held in Long Beach, California. She has passion for sailing and she believes that Koch Cup will help her with her sailing knowledge immensely. She has been sailing for years on Flying Juniors and Flying Scots.

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