Mission status

TESS launched April 18, 2018 at 6:51 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Regular science operations with TESS began on July 25, 2018. TESS is now executing its survey, observing one sector at a time, starting in the southern hemisphere. TESS will continue to tile the sky with 27.4 day-long sectors during its 2 year prime mission.

Sector dates

The start and end dates for each sector, and the GI target list (csv file) for each sector, are below. Information on how to download the data can be found here.

Sector dates

Sector Hemisphere Start Stop Data
available
GI target list Comments
s001 South 2018 Jul 25 2018 Aug 22 2018 Dec 06 Download Data available at MAST
s002 South 2018 Aug 22 2018 Sep 20 2018 Dec 06 Download Data available at MAST
s003 South 2018 Sep 20 2018 Oct 18 2019 Jan 25 Download Data available at MAST
s004 South 2018 Oct 18 2018 Nov 15 2019 Jan 25 Download Data available at MAST
s005 South 2018 Nov 15 2018 Dec 11 2019 Feb 25 Download Data available at MAST
s006 South 2018 Dec 15 2019 Jan 07 2019 Mar 25 Download Data available at MAST
s007 South 2019 Jan 07 2019 Feb 02 2019 Apr 25 Download Data available at MAST
s008 South 2019 Feb 02 2019 Feb 28 2019 May 25 Download Data downlinked
s009 South 2019 Feb 28 2019 Mar 26 2019 Jun 25 Download Currently being observed
s010 South 2019 Mar 26 2019 Apr 22 2019 Jul 25
s011 South 2019 Apr 22 2019 May 21 2019 Aug 25
s012 South 2019 May 21 2019 Jun 19 2019 Sep 25
s013 South 2019 Jun 19 2019 Jul 18 2019 Oct 25

Distribution of targets

Illustrations showing all targets (in red) observed at 2-minute cadence for each camera and sector.