Personnel at NASA were ecstatic about the progress. Ken Carpenter, project scientist of the Roman ground system at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland was quoted saying “this is an exciting milestone for the mission’, on a NASA press release.
Detecting planetary events
The Roman Space Telescope, even though it has the same resolution as the Hubble, is more powerful and will be capable of having a better field of view hundredfold. Not only that, but Roman would also be able to collect data 500 times faster than the Hubble. Because of the large amounts of data involved in the project, scientists at NASA would be employing new techniques in handling them – this includes using cloud-based services and more advanced tools to store and analyze big data.
Also, it is planned that the collated data will be readily made available to the public a few days after being processed at the space agency by experts on the field. This makes collaboration among scientific peers, members of the astronomical community, and enthusiast easier and more open.
Due to Roman’s technological superiority, it’ll be able to detect other planetary activities other telescopes aren’t capable of. With its microlensing capabilities, it can ‘see thousands of planetary events’, which is according to the task lead for the California-based Roman Science Support Center Rachel Akeson.
Though microlensing events are super rare, with the telescope’s technological advancements, it’ll be able to scan hundreds of millions of stars every 15 minutes. This was not possible before Roman.
To the Milky Way and beyond
Not only it has an immense microlensing capability, but Roman can also conduct cosmological surveys that are able to reach hundreds of millions of galaxies beyond the limits of our own Milky Way. This unprecedented advancement will help scientists at NASA study two of the field’s greatest mysteries: dark energy and dark matter.
To be able to study the two, Roman will employ a novel study model to be able to capture and process data – things that’ll help us illuminate our minds to these concepts.
These things are made possible due to the telescope’s larger field of view. Think of it this way, Roman is able to see the ‘larger picture’ compared to Hubble. In a task that took Hubble nearly 21 days, Roman can perform it in less than half an hour – cutting down the processing time dramatically.
With the passing marks received during the preliminary design review, NASA’s Roman Space Telescope will proceed to the next phase which is constructing the newly designed data system.
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