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NASA Awards Contract for Roman Space Telescope Science Support Center

NASA has awarded a contract to provide capabilities for the Roman Space Telescope Science Support Center to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California. The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is designed to answer essential questions in areas of research including dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics.

The total value of this cost-plus-no-fee contract is $49 million. The period of performance is from Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2027.

Caltech will provide critical capabilities to support the Roman Space Telescope Project at the Science Support Center.  These include providing science operations system engineering, ground system development, operations, science research support, and scientific community engagement and public outreach support for the Roman project.

Caltech will be part of a mission team led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Other mission team participants include the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, international partners, and other support contractors.

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Cynthia M. O’Carroll
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.