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 list of GI targets (csv file) observed in each sector, are below. A summary of TESS data available at the MAST can be found here and 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 07 Download Data available at MAST
s007 South 2019 Jan 07 2019 Feb 02 2019 Apr 02 Download Data available at MAST
s008 South 2019 Feb 02 2019 Feb 28 2019 Apr 28 Download Data available at MAST
s009 South 2019 Feb 28 2019 Mar 26 2019 May 26 Download Data available at MAST
s010 South 2019 Mar 26 2019 Apr 22 2019 Jun 22 Download Data available at MAST
s011 South 2019 Apr 22 2019 May 21 2019 Jul 21 Download Data available at MAST
s012 South 2019 May 21 2019 Jun 19 2019 Aug 19 Download Data available at MAST
s013 South 2019 Jun 19 2019 Jul 18 2019 Sep 18 Download Data available at MAST
s014 North 2019 Jul 18 2019 Aug 15 2019 Oct 15 Download Data downlinked. Pointing shifted toward the North ecliptic pole by 31 degrees (see the technical details page for more information).
s015 North 2019 Aug 15 2019 Sep 11 2019 Nov 11 Download Currently being observed. Pointing shifted toward the North ecliptic pole by 31 degrees (see the technical details page for more information).
s016 North 2019 Sep 11 2019 Oct 07 2019 Dec 07 Pointing shifted toward the North ecliptic pole by 31 degrees (see the technical details page for more information).
s017 North 2019 Oct 07 2019 Nov 02 2020 Jan 02
s018 North 2019 Nov 02 2019 Nov 27 2020 Jan 27
s019 North 2019 Nov 27 2019 Dec 24 2020 Feb 24
s020 North 2019 Dec 24 2020 Jan 21 2020 Mar 21
s021 North 2020 Jan 21 2020 Feb 18 2020 Apr 18
s022 North 2020 Feb 18 2020 Mar 18 2020 May 18
s023 North 2020 Mar 18 2020 Apr 15 2020 Jun 15
s024 North 2020 Apr 15 2020 May 13 2020 Jul 13
s025 North 2020 May 13 2020 Jun 08 2020 Aug 08
s026 North 2020 Jun 08 2020 Jul 04 2020 Sep 04

Distribution of targets

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