Nancy Grace Roman signs copies of a Lego set featuring her likeness in November 2017. Photo: Lego Ideas

Nancy Grace Roman (1925–2018)

We have lost a giant of astronomy. Nancy Grace Roman, a pioneering scientist who developed the astronomy program at NASA and was long considered the “Mother of Hubble” for her role in launching the groundbreaking Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, died on the morning of Dec. 25 at age 93.

Nancy Grace with a model of the Solar Orbiting Observatory, 1962. Photo: NASA
From prototype to toy shelves: Nancy Grace Roman in Lego. Photo: Maia Weinstock. Illustration: Lego

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