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NASA Administrator's Statement Regarding Nancy Grace Roman

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Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018

"The NASA family and the entire astronomical community are saddened by the news of Nancy Grace Roman’s death.  To many of us, she was simply known as the ‘mother of Hubble.’ The first woman to hold an executive position at the agency, Nancy received her astronomy doctorate in 1949 from the University of Chicago. 

While her work on the development of the Hubble Space Telescope is well documented, her most important legacy may be her work advancing the role of women in the sciences. She first became interested in the stars around 11 years old and her dedication and drive led her to the very top of her profession, deeply respected and admired by scientists around the world. In 1964, she even had an asteroid named in her honor. 

Our most sincere condolences go to Nancy’s family and friends. Her contributions extend far beyond her work with NASA as generations of young men and women who were inspired by her commitment and achievements continue to reach for the stars.”

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