For the past five years, Weinberg – whose own research has been buoyed by the Ohio Supercomputer Center for the past 15 years – has been on NASA’s Science Definition Team for the preliminary study of WFIRST along with Ohio State colleagues Scott Gaudi and Chris Hirata. After that preliminary study, NASA announced in February it would move forward with the WFIRST mission. “It’s definitely been exciting to be a part of,” Weinberg said. “To finally have an official start is great for all the people who have been working on this mission.” The new space telescope is moving into construction just as the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which has a much larger mirror but observes only a tiny patch of sky at a given time, approaches its launch in 2018. Read more about this research at https://www.osc.edu/press/galaxy_formation_simulations_benefit_nasa%E2%80%99s_future_space_telescope
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