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Two bright blue circular shapes that appear to be joined are left of center. They are illustrations of neutron stars merging. Debris, which is also white and bright blue, emanates in misshapen patterns primarily from where they are joining at the center.

How NASA’s Roman Telescope Will Scan for Showstopping Explosions

November 3, 2022 Roman is set to help researchers detect more kilonovae, helping us learn significantly more about these “all-star” smashups.

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Deep field with multiple galaxies and pull-outs of spectra for four galaxies

Studying Galaxy Growth Spurts in the Early Universe with NASA's Roman

June 27, 2022 — The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, with a field of view 200 times Hubble’s in the infrared, will be able to capture images and spectra from thousands of galaxies in a single observation. Such a bounty of data will help astronomers discover hidden chapters in the universe’s history of stars.

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Milky Way Perseus arm's perceived location versus actual

Our Milky Way May Be More Fluffy, Less Wiry

December 16, 2021 — New research shows a section of the outer Milky Way is more clumpy, less well-organized than previously thought. The Roman Space Telescope will have the capability to map the entire galactic plane in a few hundred hours. Also, its infrared measurements will cut through the dust.

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Deep field image with spectroscopy overlay

A New Understanding of Galaxy Evolution with NASA's Roman Space Telescope

September 21, 2021 — Galaxies change over time, but those changes take millions or billions of years – far longer than the human lifetime. To understand how galaxies evolve, astronomers therefore need to study large numbers of galaxies at various stages. NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will revolutionize galaxy studies since it can survey the sky up to thousands of times faster than can be done with Hubble at similar image sharpness (resolution). It will reveal how galaxies assembled and transformed over the history of the universe.

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Artist's conception of Roman Space Telescope

Ground System for NASA’S Roman Space Telescope Moves into Development

July 29, 2021 — NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope has just successfully completed the critical design review of the mission’s ground systems, which are spread over multiple institutions including the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland; NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; and Caltech/IPAC in Pasadena, California. STScI will host the Science Operations Center while Goddard will provide the Mission Operations Center and Caltech/IPAC will house the Science Support Center. 

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Roman large field of view comparison to the Hubble ultra deep field

Roman Space Telescope Could Image 100 Hubble Ultra Deep Fields at Once

January 11, 2021 — In 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope stared at a blank patch of the sky for 10 straight days. The resulting Deep Field image captured thousands of previously unseen, distant galaxies. Similar observations have followed since then, including the longest and deepest exposure, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Now, astronomers are looking ahead to the future, and the possibilities enabled by NASA’s upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.

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Hubble field of view pullout to Roman field of view of the Eagle Nebula

Ground System for NASA’S Roman Space Telescope Completes Major Review

July 24, 2020 — NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope has just successfully completed a preliminary design review of the mission’s ground systems, including the Science Operations Center that will be hosted by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland. 

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Dr. Nancy Grace Roman

WFIRST Telescope Named for ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman

May 20, 2020 — Today, NASA announced that it is naming its next-generation space telescope, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in honor of Dr. Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s first Chief Astronomer, who paved the way for space telescopes focused on the broader universe. 

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Simulated WFIRST Observation of Andromeda Galaxy

Simulated Image Demonstrates the Power of NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope

January 5, 2020 — A new simulated image of the Andromeda galaxy showcases WFIRST's unique combination of high resolution and wide field of view.

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Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope illustration

STScI To Design Science Operations for New Panoramic Space Telescope

July 2, 2019 — NASA has awarded a contract to the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, for the Science Operations Center (SOC) of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission.

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Illustration of the WFIRST observatory

NASA Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the Universe: Baltimore's Space Telescope Science Institute To Partner on New NASA 'Wide-View' Space Telescope

February 18, 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).

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Dr, Roeland van der Marel and WFIRST

Dr. Roeland van der Marel Appointed as STScI Lead on Proposed "Wide View" Space Telescope

November 14, 2014 — The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, has appointed Dr. Roeland van der Marel to lead its work on a proposed NASA space telescope that will provide images as sharp as the Hubble Space Telescope, but over a hundred times larger area. 

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