It became somewhat perplexing for a few astrophysicists, and that too by choice, when a proposal to build $1.6 billion infrared space telescope came as a top priority for the next ten years of astronomy.
A group all together arrived at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, so that they could watch live webcast from the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D. C. on the Astro2010 Decadal Survey that was presented.
The report stated that the astronomy projects were taken as the most important ones for the upcoming 10 years time period.
Michael Shara, who is an Astrophysicist at Columbia University in New York, said that it was a victory for the whole community.
With an around 5-foot field of view, the WFIRST observatory came at the topmost rank amongst other possible space-based projects and along with that, it is lined up to be launched in the year 2020.
The space telescope's large-scale imaging ability will lend it some style to complement the smaller field-of-view infrared observations that is anticipated to be at $5 billion for James Web Space Telescope that already is a representation of a flagship mission in NASA to be unveiled in the year 2014.