NASA HISTORY: NASA’s First Chief Astronomer Nancy Grace Roman Was ‘Mother of Hubble’

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Nancy Grace Roman (1925-2018)

In this image from the early 1970s, Dr. Roman is shown at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. NASA’s first chief astronomer is known as the ‘Mother of Hubble.’ (NASA Image)

(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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