NASA HISTORY: NASA’s First Chief Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman Was ‘Mother of Hubble’
By NASA // May 19, 2020
Nancy Grace Roman (1925-2018)
(NASA) – Nancy Grace Roman (1925-2018), NASA’s first chief astronomer, is known as the ‘Mother of Hubble.’
In a time when women were discouraged from studying math and science, Roman became a research astronomer and was instrumental in taking NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope from an idea to reality and establishing NASA’s program of space-based astronomical observatories.
In the above image from the early 1970s, Dr. Roman is shown at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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