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Saturday, April 27 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The Science of WFIRST: An Upcoming NASA Flagship Observatory

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NASA’s WFIRST (Wide Field InfraRed Survey Telescope) is the top large mission priority from
the 2010 Astrophysics Decadal Survey – New Worlds, New Horizons. I’ll talk about the mission
and its hardware and then discuss some of the exciting science WFIRST is designed to achieve
using its very wide field. By mapping large sections of the universe, WFIRST data will help
determine the growth of structure and expansion history of the universe and the impacts of dark
energy and dark matter on the future of the universe. Additionally, WFIRST observations will
make progress toward answering the question of “Are we alone” by both completing the census
of exoplanets and directly imaging and detecting the atmospheres of several exoplanets.

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Sarah Lipscy, PhD

Business Development Manager, Civil Space, Ball Aerospace
Dr. Sarah Lipscy is a Business Development Manager for Astrophysics for the Civil Space strategic business unit. She is responsible for developing Ball’s capture strategy for Ball’s astrophysics pursuits. In this role, Dr. Lipscy works with customers at NASA, academic institutions... Read More →

Saturday April 27, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm MDT
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