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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.
The telescope for WFIRST has successfully passed its preliminary design review, a major milestone for the mission. This means the telescope has met the performance, schedule, and budget requirements to advance to the next stage of development, where the team will finalize its design.
NASA has awarded a contract to Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, Boulder, Colorado, for the primary instrument
NASA announced on December 17, 2015 the selection of the following Formulation Science Investigation Teams for the WFIRST mission. These teams will work for 5 years with the NASA and Project teams on science requirements, mission design and scientific performance predictions for the mission.
Two WFIRST-AFTA Instruments announced. Wide-Field Instrument and Coronograph
The Administrator directed the Science Mission Directorate to continue pre-formulation activities for the WFIRST mission. The Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (AFTA) Science definition team (SDT) study office begin developing telescope design.
Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST) was the top-ranked priority for a large space mission in the New Worlds/New Horizons (NWNH) report of the 2010 National Academy of Sciences Decadal Survey for Astronomy