United States Space Agency The new Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will be launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX from California.
United States Space Agency According to a statement issued by NASA on Wednesday, the government has chosen Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) to launch their new Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope from California, which will study dark matter and other topics.
The launch has been provisionally scheduled for October 2026 from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, utilising SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket as the launch vehicle.
According to the agency’s announcement, the launch will likely cost around $255 million in total, including launch service fees and other mission-related expenses.
The official Twitter accounts of SpaceX and NASA’s Launch Services Program have posted updates about the choice.
The purpose of the telescope is to study cosmological issues, such as dark matter and dark energy, as well as to hunt for exoplanets. The 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey identified the Roman Space Telescope as the huge space project with the greatest priority.
The Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST) was its original name before being changed to Nancy Grace Roman in her honour. Her outstanding work at NASA paved the way for large space telescopes.
The telescope also includes a significant general investigator programme that enables additional study of astrophysical events to advance various scientific goals.
The agency is in charge of overseeing the SpaceX launch vehicle programme through its launch services programme at the Kennedy Space Center. The Roman Space Telescope project is managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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