Ep #2: NASA Approves WFIRST

This week, Carol and Tony discuss how astronomers decide which space telescopes they'd like to see built next; on Jan 4th, NASA gave the go-ahead for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) and all 18 primary mirror segments are now on!

Published by Tony Darnell on 8th Feb, 2016

After years of preparatory studies, NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the universe -- the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST).

With a view 100 times bigger than that of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, WFIRST will aid researchers in their efforts to unravel the secrets of dark energy and dark matter, and explore the evolution of the cosmos. It also will discover new worlds outside our solar system and advance the search for worlds that could be suitable for life.

NASA's Agency Program Management Council, which evaluates the agency's programs and projects on content, risk management, and performance, made the decision to move forward with the mission on Wednesday.

To read more, visit the NASA press release

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