Frequently-asked questions for astronomers working with TESS data.
Getting Started with TESS
Where can I find TESS data?
TESS data is hosted by the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST).
The TESS Objects of Interest list is hosted in three places:
I want to join the TESS Follow-up Observing Program. How do I do that?
Apply via the TFOP Membership Application.
How do I access the TESS collaboration wiki?
Contact the TESS Science Council (George Ricker, Dave Latham, Sara Seager) for access.
How do I find out if my favorite star/planet/astrophysical object will be observed by TESS?
The TESS Science Support Center hosts tools for planning proposals and for other applications.
How should I acknowledge use of TESS data?
Publications based on data obtained from the TESS project are requested to include the additional acknowledgment: “Funding for the TESS mission is provided by NASA’s Science Mission directorate.”
Until the alerts are fully public, “We acknowledge the use of TESS Alert data, which is currently in a beta test phase, from pipelines at the TESS Science Office and at the TESS Science Processing Operations Center.”
Once the Alerts are public: “We acknowledge the use of public TESS Alert data from pipelines at the TESS Science Office and at the TESS Science Processing Operations Center.”
Request for ExoFOP Acknowledgement: “This research has made use of the Exoplanet Follow-up Observation Program website, which is operated by the California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under the Exoplanet Exploration Program.”
Request for NAS Acknowledgement: “Resources supporting this work were provided by the NASA High-End Computing (HEC) Program through the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division at Ames Research Center for the production of the SPOC data products.”
Once the data are public on MAST: This paper includes data collected by the TESS mission, which are publicly available from the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST).”