The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will aid researchers in their efforts to explore the evolution of the cosmos, NASA said.
It also will discover new worlds outside our solar system and advance the search for worlds that could be suitable for life, it said.
The mission is led by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will manage the mission's 2.4-meter telescope and deliver the coronagraph, an instrument to help image and characterise planets around other stars.

WFIRST, slated to launch in the mid-2020s, is the agency's next major astrophysics observatory, following the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018.


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