NASA Roman’s Heat-Vision ‘Eyes’

At the center of the photo is a set of 18 square detectors on a gold platform. They're arranged in six columns of three detectors such that the top of the middle two columns are close to the top of the image, the next two columns are a little lower down, and the two outer columns are even lower. The detectors are different shades of blue from royal blue to teal.
NASA/Chris Gunn
CreditNASA/Chris Gunn
Historical DateJune 9, 2021
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This photo shows 18 of Roman's detectors mounted in an engineering test unit of the mission's focal plane array. The focal plane array will be incorporated into Roman's Wide Field Instrument – a 300-megapixel camera that will capture enormous images of the cosmos.