The space science world is poorer off today. Nancy Grace Roman, the primary head of astronomy at NASA’s Office of Space Science, died on December 25th at 93. She was broadly considered the “mother” of the Hubble Space Telescope, persuading the scientific community to rally around the idea and campaigning for financing. While Hubble Space Telescope propelled 11 years after her retirement, there’s little uncertainty that it was her endeavors that made the telescope a reality.
Nancy Grace Roman likewise kicked things off in different areas. Over being the first chief astronomer, she was the primary lady official at NASA. In 1962, she likewise drove the group behind NASA’s first astronomical mission, Orbiting Solar Observatory-1. As the Washington Post noted, Roman was keen on space at an early age and urged ladies to seek after training in math and science in light of the resistance she confronted while turning into an astronomer.
In addition to coordinating the efforts of astronomers and engineers in their development of the Hubble, Dr. Roman wrote testimony for NASA representatives making the case for the Hubble before Congress and she pitched the project to the Bureau of the Budget.
Dr. Roman also took part in development of the Cosmic Background Explorer, a satellite launched in 1989 that confirmed the Big Bang theory of the universe’s creation.
She was a trailblazer for women at a time when science was considered a man’s world, and she became a longtime advocate for women in science.
She additionally assisted with missions for Earth-mapping satellites and other orbiting observatories. By and large, Roman assumed a critical job in running the early NASA as well as in setting its present course –
many of the cosmic discoveries made in recent years can be attributed to the use of spaceborne telescopes. She’ll be missed.
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