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Nov. 18, 2020 - Roman will detect vestiges of sound waves that once rippled through the primordial cosmic sea. According to new simulations, these observations could extend these measurements into an unprobed epoch between the universe’s infancy and the present day. Studying the echoes from this era will help us trace the evolution of the universe and solve pressing cosmic conundrums.
Sept. 3, 2020 - The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope’s primary mirror, which will collect and focus light from cosmic objects near and far, has been completed. Using this mirror, Roman will capture stunning space vistas with a field of view 100 times greater than Hubble images.
Aug. 21, 2020 - New simulations show that NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will be able to reveal myriad rogue planets – freely floating bodies that drift through our galaxy untethered to a star. Studying these island worlds will help us understand more about how planetary systems form, evolve, and break apart.
July 24, 2020 - The Roman mission’s ground system, which will make data from the spacecraft available to scientists and the public, has just successfully completed its preliminary design review. The plan for science operations has met all of the design, schedule, and budget requirements, and will now proceed to the next phase: building the newly designed data system.
Previous news releases will refer to the mission as WFIRST
May 20, 2020 - NASA is naming its next-generation space telescope currently under development, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s first chief astronomer, who paved the way for space telescopes focused on the broader universe.
March 30, 2020 - WFIRST will search for planets outside our solar system toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, where most stars are. Studying the properties of exoplanet worlds will help us understand what planetary systems throughout the galaxy are like and how planets form and evolve.
Jan. 7, 2020 - Disagreement between Hubble constant predictions and measurements suggest flaws in either our measuring techniques or our model of the universe. The Roman Space Telescope will help us figure out which.
Jan. 5, 2020 - Imagine a fleet of 100 Hubble Space Telescopes, deployed in a strategic space-invader-shaped array a million miles from Earth, scanning the universe at warp speed.
Jan. 5, 2020 - An international team of astronomers funded in part by NASA has found the farthest galaxy group identified to date.