A SpaceX Falcon Heavy will launch NASA’s next space telescope

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy will launch NASA’s next space telescope

The Roman Space Telescope, seen here in a rendering, is NASA’s next telescope project.
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NASA is already turning its attention to its next telescope project: the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. YesterdayNASA announced that SpaceX has been contracted to provide launch services for the Roman Space Telescope, which is expected to explode closed in October 2026.

With the launch of James Webb Space Telescope, NASA reminds us of its ongoing efforts to image and study the mysteries of space. Thus, the administration is gear for its next large telescope, named the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, and NASA has just taken one more step to get it off the ground. Nasa announced yesterday that he has entered into a contract with SpaceX in which the California-based space company providing launch services for the Roman Space Telescope. Specifically, the contract stipulates that the telescope will be launched aboard a Falcon Heavy rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with very high launch costs. $255 million.

“The Roman Mission will provide a unique capability to map vast regions of the sky in exquisite detail. It will observe millions of galaxies and use them to determine how our Universe has evolved over cosmic time,” Roman project scientist Julie McEnry said in an email to Gizmodo. “[The telescope] will also be able to monitor hundreds of millions of stars multiple times per hour, using these observations to find thousands of new exoplanets. We will be able to study many cosmic objects in our groundbreaking investigations, both those we already know about and, even more excitingly, those yet to be discovered.

The Roman Nancy Grace Space Telescope was originally called the Wide Field Infrared Telescope, also known as WFIRST, and plans for the observing instrument have begun from 2012. The telescope will feature a 7.87-foot (2.4-meter) wide mirror to image some of the most mysterious parts of our universe. The telescope’s wide-field instrument – a near-infrared camera – and coronagraphic instrument – which can block some of a star’s direct light from imaging it – will help the telescope in its scientific goals of studying dark energy. and dark matter, as well as imaging exoplanets.

The Roman Space Telescope is an exciting addition to NASA’s arsenal of equipment that can study our universe, and if public reception of the James Webb Space Telescope is any indication, then we certainly have more discoveries to excite.

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