Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope

The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (formerly the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, or WFIRST) is a proposed infrared space telescope designed to study dark energy, our galaxy and to search for planets. The Roman Space Telescope was the leading recommended large space-based project in the recent decadal survey, combining elements from the previous Joint Dark Energy Mission with a proposal to search for planets via gravitational lensing and perform infrared surveys. The Roman Space Telescope is currently scheduled to launch in the mid-2020s, while the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) 10-year survey is underway. The complementarity of a ground-based survey with a space-based survey presents a compelling opportunity to enhance what we learn about dark energy.  KIPAC scientists are involved in planning for studies of extra-solar planets, galaxy formation, and dark energy with the Roman Space Telescope.