Well let’s first explain what all these NASA acronyms mean.
TESS means Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. TESS will survey 200,000 of the brightest stars near the sun to search for transiting exoplanets. TESS launched on April 18, 2018, aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
TFOP means TESS Follow-up Observing Program. Specifically Kevin was accepted into the TFOP sub-group called SG1. The purpose of this sub-group is to produce light curves as seen below that analyze in much greater detail whether the transit of the star was by an exoplanet, an eclipsing binary star, or some other object.
Kevin has been producing pictures of astronomy targets in the night sky for close to 20 years. The idea of using these same skills to produce real publishable science papers was a real attraction. Especially once he retired in 2016. So being accepted into this program was a culmination of a long-time dream. He says he will never stop taking those pretty pictures but this opportunity uses the same skill set and creates a nice synergy of art and science.