NASA's First Chief Astronomer

by | Mar 12, 2019

With March being Women's History Month, NASA unveiled a new gallery of historical images featuring women. 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, D.C.  Learn more about her career.

Photo Credit: NASA


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