HERMANTAUN, Maryland. Nancy Grace Roman, the first woman to occupy a management position at NASA and assist in the development of the Hubble Space Telescope, died.
On Thursday, cousin Laura Verrault confirmed that Roman died on Christmas Day after a long illness. She was 93 years old.
The NASA web page states that Roman was the first astronomy director in the space science office at NASA headquarters and the first woman to take a leadership position in the agency. She had direct control over the planning and development of astronomical programs, including the Space Explorer of the Background and the Hubble Space Telescope.
The novel left NASA in 1979. Throughout her career, she has advocated for the involvement of women and young people in science.
A memorial service is planned.