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First Results and the Bright Future of the TESS Mission
Presented by Diana Dragomir
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thursday, February 7, 2019
11:00 A.M. in 169-336

Seven months into its primary mission, TESS has already brought about the discovery of exciting new exoplanet systems. I will describe the collaborative community process that leads from the discovery to the confirmation of TESS planets, and give an overview of TESS early results with an emphasis on those pertaining to small planets. The most conspicuous legacy of TESS will be the discovery of those individual systems most suitable for detailed atmospheric characterization. But the survey can also revolutionize the exoplanet field by dramatically increasing the number of small exoplanets known around nearby stars, enabling a wide variety of follow-up studies for a much larger sample than is available today. I will discuss how this ensemble can be statistically leveraged to uncover new trends and gain deeper insights into the composition, and ultimately the formation, of small exoplanets.

JPL Contact: Renyu Hu (4-6090)

SVCP Astrophysics

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