Nancy Grace Roman, known as the "mother" of the Hubble space telescope and the first female executive officer of the NASA, died on Christmas Eve.
A cousin, Laura Verreau, confirmed that he was killed in Roman after a long illness. He was 93 years old.
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As head of astronomy at the space science office at NASA headquarters, he has studied the planning and development of programs such as the Roman Cosmic Background Explorer and the Hubble Space Telescope, according to NASA.
"At the beginning of the 1960s and early 1970s, no one had the greatest importance at NASA for the first designs and concepts set up and completed by Hubble," said space historian Robert Zimmerman in "The Universe in a Mirror". According to Hubble, according to The Washington Post. "It was more important [Dr. Roman] beyond the Spanish astronomer, the astronomical community is more than convinced. "
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Roman received his PhD thesis. He joined the University of Chicago astronomy in 1949 and joined the NASA in 1959. He finished his NASA career at Goddard Space Flight Center, where he was the director of the Astronomical Data Center.
After retiring at NASA in 1979, Roman worked as a Goddard contractor. During his career, he encouraged women and young people to participate in science.
In 2017, Lego distributed four four-dimensional NASA four pioneer women, one of them Roman.
"I'm glad," said the science magazine, "I did not know many people told me I was not an astronomer."
Memorial service is foreseen.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.