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Rochester workers to build parts of telescope that may help NASA find signs of aliens

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Workers in Rochester will build vital parts of the next “flagship” telescope for NASA, Senator Chuck Schumer announced Wednesday.

Schumer says a $195 million contract has been awarded to Harris Corporation for the project.

The Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is “designed to see things that cannot be seen using current technology to solve two of the great riddles of the universe,” Schumer’s office says.

Those riddles, Schumer explains: 1.) What is dark energy and 2.) are there any signs of alien life on exoplanets across the universe?

WFIRST will also help scientist find more planets that could support life that are currently undetectable.

The telescope will be able to see 100 times more than the Hubble telescope, Schumer adds.

“You don’t need a high-powered, infrared space telescope to see that this massive $195 million dollar investment means great jobs for Harris Corp. and Rochester,” said Senator Schumer. “With this critical contract secured, we are one step closer to propelling the revolutionary WFIRST Telescope to liftoff – something that will open up unknown corners of the universe to NASA and all humanity. I am proud I helped secure investments like this that bolster Rochester’s world-class workforce and will keep pushing until the groundbreaking WFIRST Telescope is fully-funded and operational.”

Click here to see our past report on WFIRST.

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