Here is a US Army gift to NASA, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope
According to the plan of NASA, Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (WFIRST) will be the successor not only of the famous and meritorious Hubble, but also of Spitzer.
The Agency wants it to show us the universe as we have not seen it before.
The devices are to be ready for flight into space around 2025. The agency has published new videos in which we can see it in all its glory and learn about its scientific goals. The 2.4-meter telescope is to take pictures with accuracy comparable to those from
Hubble, but with a 100 times greater field of view.
This will allow scientists to learn more about the mystery of dark matter.
It will explore vast areas of the infrared sky, seeking answers to fundamental questions about the structure and evolution of the Universe, and give us more knowledge about the exoplanets where life can exist, and the Agency plans to launch it into space in the mid-1920s.
This will be one of the Agency's most important missions following the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope next year.
Building WFIRST and placing it at the L2 libation point, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, will cost a total of around $ 3.2 billion. Interestingly, another powerful telescope that will greatly expand our knowledge of the universe will use one of the two
Mirrors obtained from the National Bureau of Recognition, operating under the American Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Previously, they were intended to serve the Agency in spying missions of strategic military installations in various countries around the world, but the program was eventually closed and the extremely precise installations were handed over to NASA. If a few years ago the CIA decided that such mirrors for spy surveillance systems were already very obsolete for it,
we can only imagine what futuristic technologies the US military has at present.
It is a pity that they cannot be used to build new telescopes, which we use to explore outer space, but are only used for espionage purposes. The agency is currently considering how to help launch WFIRST into space.
Here, two options are considered, SpaceX and the Falcon Heavy rocket or the United Launch Alliance and the Delta IV Heavy rocket.
Although NASA will not make the final decision in a few years, but now, looking at the recent amazing achievements of SpaceX in the field of drastically reducing the cost of space missions by recycling rockets, it is likely Elon Musk's company will do this risky task.