An illustration of TESS as it passed the Moon during its lunar flyby


NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission took its first image as it completed a dramatic lunar flyby this week. On May 17, 2018, the next-generation planet hunter passed within 5,000 mi (8,000 km) of the Moon to execute a slingshot maneuver that hurled it towards its final orbit, where it will spend at least two years making a full-sky survey in search of planets beyond our Solar System.

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