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Nancy Grace Roman: NASA’s First Chief Astronomer

Buzz Aldrin and Nancy Grace Roman
Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief astronomer, is known as the 'Mother of Hubble.'

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 this image, Roman explains the Advanced Orbiting Solar Observatory to astronaut Buzz Aldrin in 1965 in Washington. Learn more about her career.

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Image Credit: NASA