The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is preparing to launch the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, a high-powered lens into the void of deep space, to further investigate the phenomenon of dark matter and dark energy. Named after the first female executive at NASA and the organization’s first Chief of Astronomy, Dr. Nancy Grace Roman, plans for the mission began in 2009 and it is scheduled to launch in May 2027. NASA divisions, research institutions, and companies such as Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, L3Harris Technologies, and Teledyne Scientific & Imaging are working on the mission which is expected to amass 20 petabytes of data containing trillions of individual measurements of stars and galaxies over its five-year mission. Meanwhile, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hitched a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket ride to deploy a new Deep Space Optical Communications project aboard the NASA Psyche Mission. In preparation for the incredible amount of data that NASA hopes to obtain, they are utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies. Earlier this month, a team of astronomers and scientists turned to generative AI technology to monitor the cosmos for signs of supernovae. The BTSbot project aims to eliminate the human middleman required to shift through tons of data and determine whether a space event was a supernova, allowing scientists to focus more critical research. NASA is optimistic that AI and the Roman mission will open doors to new discoveries and data.
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