NASA Telescope WFIRST renamed after ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman

James Marshall
May 23, 2020

Just take into consideration NASA's Hubble space telescope that has been launched around 30 years ago, Roman tirelessly advocated for some new tools that might allow the scientists to know more about the broader universe from space. At that time, she served as the chief of astronomy and relativity in the Office of Space Science, managing astronomy-related programs and grants. NASA officials announced the name on 20 May. Her research into the chemical compositions and motions of stars was considered one of the 100 most important astrophysical research papers in 100 years. "I was told from the beginning that women could not be scientists".

We do not like to confess it, but NASA's Hubble Space Telescope will not be around forever.

Although WFIRST will be no larger than Hubble in terms of its primary optics, it will offer a field of view 100 times that of its predecessor - meaning it would be able to observe the entire Andromeda galaxy in just three hours. Further, he added that he could not think any better name than WFIRST which would serve as the successor of Hubble and Webb telescopes.

The WFIRST Telescope is now the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope. McEnery is a deputy project scientist for the Roman Telescope at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

The spacecraft, which is still in evolution, has been called the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope.

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, a theoretical astrophysicist at the University of New Hampshire, commented on Twitter, "I am so thrilled about this news".

Thus, apart from her many other achievements at NASA, she was instrumental in turning the Hubble telescope from vision to reality. "So glad to see her get this recognition".

Dr. Nancy Grace Roman is shown with a model of the Orbiting Solar Observatory in 1962. She was the first Chief of Astronomy in the Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters. Image credit NASA
NASA Renames a Space Telescope After an Important Astronomer

NASA had chose to name the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) as the Nancy Grace Roman or Roman Space Telescope after the astronomer who is considered as the "Mother" of Hubble Space Telescope programme.

Hubble to JWST and WFIRST But more than anything else, Roman is credited with making the Hubble Space Telescope a reality.

Over its five-year lifetime, the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will measure light from a billion galaxies and scan the inner Milky Way. "It's because of her and people like her that we have missions like WFIRST".

Through Roman's leadership, NASA launched four Orbiting Astronomical Observatories between 1966 and 1972.

In the mid-1960's, Roman set up a committee of astronomers and engineers to develop a powerful telescope, and convinced both NASA and the Congress that launching it in the world was a priority. The Coronagraph instrument will perform high contrast imaging and spectroscopy of individual nearby exoplanets.

What is the Roman Space Telescope? With the passage of this latest key milestone, the team will begin finalizing the mission design by building engineering test units and models to ensure the design will hold up under the extreme conditions during launch and while in space. While WFIRST is funded through September, it was not included in the United States presidential budget request for fiscal year 2021. It is not included in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget request, as the administration wants to focus on completing the James Webb Space Telescope.

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