February 2020

Artist's illustration of the TESS spacecraft, pictured in front of a lava planet orbiting its host star.

TESS: The Little Satellite with a Big Job

Valerie C. Coffey

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is surveying the solar neighborhood for Earth-like exoplanets—and reaping a data harvest with potential impact far beyond the search for life.

Light Sailing into the Great Beyond

Powering spacecraft by radiation pressure from solar or laser light, once the province of science fiction, is becoming increasingly practical with advances in photonic technology and the space economy.

Meet OSA’s 2020 Fellows

Congratulations to the 94 members of the 2020 class of OSA Fellow Members, who will be recognized at OSA conferences throughout the year for scientific, engineering and technological contributions, as well as industry leadership and service to OSA and the global optics community.

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