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Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) - Cycle 2 (ROSES 2018)
The TESS Guest Investigator (GI) Program solicits proposals for the acquisition and analysis of scientific data from the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission, a NASA Explorer mission currently scheduled for launch no later than June 2018. In a 2-year, near all-sky survey, TESS will monitor the brightness of nearby, bright F, G, K, and M stars in order to photometrically search for transiting planets smaller than Neptune. (See https://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/tess/ & Ricker et al. (2015, Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems, 1, 014003) for detailed descriptions). TESS will monitor the brightness of more than 200,000 stars spread over the celestial sphere with a photometric sensitivity sufficient to permit detection of transiting planets with a radius less than 2.5 Earth radii. The mission’s high-precision, continuous baseline photometric capability is also well suited for variability and asteroseismology research and analyses of both Galactic and extragalactic astrophysical sources.
The lead institution for TESS is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which hosts the Principal Investigator, Dr. George Ricker.
Observations associated with the TESS Guest Investigator (GI) Cycle 2 solicitation will be collected during the second year of operations during which the spacecraft will survey the northern ecliptic hemisphere. Proposals submitted to this program should be for new science investigations of the northern ecliptic hemisphere and outside the TESS core science program only. The core program consists of 1) the detection of transiting exoplanets with periods up to 10 days around stars on the pre-selected transit candidate target list (CTL; see description of CTL in Section 1.2.2), 2) the detection of transiting exoplanets with periods up to 120 days near the ecliptic poles (optimal for JWST follow-up), and 3) assuring that the masses of fifty planets with radii less than 4 Earth radii are determined through ground-based follow-up and/or analytical techniques.
Deadline: Oct. 3, 2018