NASA plans to build a space telescope that will help scientists search the universe for mysterious dark matter and dark energy and study distant worlds,media reported. On Wednesday, NASA announced that it would change its name to the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope to honor the agency’s first chief astronomer, the mother of the Hubble telescope.
“In an age when women are actively discouraged … She became an astronomer,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s deputy director of science, said in a live statement. “
Roman joined NASA in 1959, just a few months after the agency was founded. She is probably the dreamer behind the most famous Hubble Space Telescope, which she has helped conceived, planned and supported for decades.
After his retirement, Roman remained active in astronomy for many years. In 2018, she died.
The space telescope, which will be named after her, is still under development and moving forward with the support of Congress — despite the Trump administration’s attempts in recent years to eliminate it.
The Roman Space Telescope’s main mirror is the same size as the Hubble telescope, but its wide field of view provides 100 times the field of vision of the Hubble infrared instrument. In addition, the Roman telescope will carry a coronal instrument to help study the world beyond the solar system.
NASA’s current goal is to set a launch date for the Roman space telescope by October 2025.