The Atmospheric Characterization Working Group (ACWG) for NASA’s TESS mission was initially envisioned to conduct pre-launch activities for maximizing TESS’s impact on exoplanet atmosphere studies. Now that TESS is in the heart of its prime mission with an extended mission forthcoming, the ACWG is entering into a new phase of its work. Going forward, the role of the ACWG is to ensure the successful legacy of the TESS mission, specifically as it relates to the atmospheric characterization of its discovered exoplanets. In this context, success means pursuing a goal that the TESS-discovered exoplanets be observed by an optimal set of ground- based and spaced-based facilities in a coordinated manner, so as to extract population-level and individual planets’ atmospheric properties.
ACWG Follow-Up Priorities
JWST Observation Planning