JhaProf. Saurabh Jha appears on NJTV to explain the mission of NASAs recently launched Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite (TESS), and how it will revolutionize the search for earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars in our Galaxy.

The key difference between TESS and its predecessor Kepler was that Kepler was looking at one patch of the sky at relatively faint stars far away. TESS will look all over the sky at much more nearby & brighter stars. This is important because those brighter stars (and their planets) will be the ones that can be studied more in depth with future telescopes like James Webb.