Thursday, March 28, 2024

A Tribute to Dr. Nancy Grace Roman: NASA’s First Chief of Astronomy

A Tribute to Dr. Nancy Grace Roman: NASA’s First Chief of Astronomy

As NASA’s first Chief of Astronomy, the late Dr. Nancy Grace Roman paved the way for space telescopes and for women in the sciences. She is credited with making NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope a reality. The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, a groundbreaking, wide-field survey telescope named in her honor, will launch by May 2027 and greatly expand our view of the universe.

This video paints an intimate picture of Dr. Roman, the person. We learn from her close friend Dr. Joan Gordon, astronomer Rachael Beaton, and Dr. Roman herself about her inspiration, passion, trailblazing nature, and what she might have thought about having a space telescope named after her.

Scheduled to launch in the mid-2020s, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will function as Hubble’s wide-eyed cousin. While just as sensitive as Hubble's cameras, the Roman Space Telescope's 300-megapixel Wide Field Instrument will image a sky area 100 times larger. This means a single Roman image will hold the equivalent detail of 100 pictures from Hubble.

Learn more about Dr. Nancy Grace Roman

Learn about NASA's Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope:

Video Credit: Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Video Editor: Danielle Kirshenblat

Writer: Ann Jenkins

Story Editors: Martha Saladino, Alexander Cotnoir 

Additional Footage and Images:


NASA Goddard

NASA’s Incredible Discovery Machine: The Story of the Hubble Space Telescope

NASA SM-2 Media Guide

AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Roman Collection

Dr. Joan Gordon

Maia Weinstock

U.S. Census

University of Chicago Library, Special Collection Research Center

VOA News

Duration: 7 minutes, 32 seconds

Release Date: March 27, 2024

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