Universe  ID: 12217

A Wide View of Space

The universe is huge and there’s a lot to explore. Now, NASA researchers are working to build a new telescope that will help them see more of it, and faster than ever. In the mid-2020s, the agency plans to launch the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), which is designed to perform wide-field imaging and spectroscopy of the infrared sky. Its eight-foot-wide mirror is the same size as Hubble's, but thanks to a cutting-edge sensor array it will have a field of view 100 times bigger. As a result, researchers will be able to image large regions of the sky in a fraction of the time. Once operational, the telescope will aid researchers in their efforts to unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter, and study the evolution of the cosmos. It also will reveal new planets outside our solar system and advance the search for worlds that could be suitable for life. Watch the video to learn more.


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Chris Meaney (HTSI)
Scott Wiessinger (USRA)

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Swarupa Nune (InuTeq)

Scott Wiessinger (USRA)

Neil Gehrels (NASA/GSFC)

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Francis Reddy (Syneren Technologies)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
WFIRST spacecraft image courtesy of NASA/GSFC/CI Lab
Exoplanet image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
Dark matter image courtesy of KIPAC/Wu, Hahn, Wechsler, Abel, Kaehler

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