NASA Administrator's Statement About Nancy Grace Roman
"The NASA family and the entire astronomy community are saddened by the news of the death of Nancy Grace Roman. For many of us, she is only known as & # 39; mother of Hubble. & # 39; The first woman to hold an executive position at the agency, Nancy received a doctorate in astronomy in 1949 from the University of Chicago.
While his work on the development of the Hubble Space Telescope is well documented, his most important legacy may be his work that advances the role of women in science. He was first attracted to stars around 11 years old and his dedication and encouragement led him to the top of his profession, highly respected and admired by scientists around the world. In 1964, he even had an asteroid name in his honor.
Our most sincere condolences are directed at Nancy's family and friends. His contribution far outstripped his work with NASA when a generation of young men and women inspired by their commitments and achievements continued to reach for the stars. "
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