Astrophysics (index)


(Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope)
(proposed space observatory)

WFIRST (Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope) is a space observatory proposal. The original proposal (2011-2012) was for a 1.3 meter telescope, but an alternative is now favored, WFIRST-AFTA (Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets), which reuses a surplus National Reconnaissance Office telescope of the same size as Hubble Space Telescope (HST) (2.4m).

WFIRST is essentially a rename of the JDEM (Joint Dark Energy Mission) proposal, a mission superseding various Dark Energy research proposals, including SNAP (Supernova Acceleration Probe), Destiny (Dark Energy Space Telescope), and ADEPT (Advanced Dark Energy Physics Telescope).

(telescope,reflector,space,infrared,dark energy,plan)

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