Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer Celebrated as 'Mother' of Hubble, Dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, 'Mother of Hubble,' Dies at 93

Nancy Grace Roman, "Mother of Hubble," dies at 93 - Xinhua |

Nancy Grace Roman, regarded as the "mother of the Hubble Space Telescope", died at the age of 93 in Germantown, Md., on Wednesday. So the road toward getting the Hubble into the skies was a long one.

Roman, a longtime employee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was the first woman to hold an executive role at the agency, the Associated Press reported.

Bright radiation and excellent breezes from a monster star called Herschel 36 push through residue in window ornament like sheets in the Lagoon Nebula outstanding nursery, found 4,000 light-years away, in this Hubble Space Telescope picture acquired September 26, 2018. She was intent on pursuing a career as a scientist, with in the early 1940's was no small feat for a woman.

Her work has been recognised by a Women in Aerospace Lifetime Achievement Award and Nasa's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Award.

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In an interview, Roman recounted how a school counselor reacted when she asked permission to take the second year of algebra in high school instead of the fifth year of Latin. "She looked down her nose at me and sneered, 'What lady would take mathematics instead of Latin?' That was the sort of reception that I got most of the way", she told the Voice of America.

The family moved to Reno when her father was named western regional chief for federal research into geophysics.

She joined NASA in 1959 as the chief of astronomy. I started an astronomy club with the girls in the neighbourhood.

Over the course of decades of observation, the Hubble Space Telescope has changed the way astronomers and science-aficionados alike see the universe around us with its stunning imagery.

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Roman, a NASA astronomer who developed the Hubble Space Telescope, died on December 25 after a prolonged illness, the Associated Press reported.

David DeVorkin, senior curator of the National Air and Space Museum said, "She had that very, very large egalitarian view of how to make space astronomy part of astronomy and I think that is a very important legacy". Science historian Bob Zimmerman said in an interview with, "She made it possible to get early telescopes up [into space] to learn what needed to be learned ..."

Roman was nicknamed "the mother of Hubble" for her work on the pioneering telescope, which launched in 1990. She was given a special honor a year ago when she was highlighted in a Lego set of four groundbreaking women at NASA.

She was an advocate for women's science education and even taught astronomy classes herself to elementary children in the 1990s.

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As she put it: "One of the reasons I like working with schools is to try to convince women that they can be scientists and that science can be fun".

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