Roman also broke land in other areas. Aside from being the head of the first astronomer, he was the first female executive at NASA. In 1962, he also led the team behind NASA's first successful astronomical mission, Orbiting Solar Observatory-1. As Washington Post noted, Roman was interested in space at an early age and encouraged women to pursue mathematics and science education considering the resistance he faced when he became an astronomer.
He also assisted missions for Earth mapping satellites and other orbiting observatories. All say, Rome played an important role not only in carrying out the initial NASA, but in setting its direction now – many of the cosmic discoveries made in recent years can be attributed to the use of space telescopes. He will be missed.