NASA’s powerful new space telescope will be named after Nancy Grace Roman — the agency’s first female executive, known as the ‘mother of Hubble’

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NASA just named its next “great observatory” after Dr. Nancy Grace Roman, the space agency’s first chief astronomer and woman executive. Roman earned the nickname “mother of Hubble” for pioneering the concepts behind the Hubble Space Telescope — the first of NASA’s great space-based observatories. The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope was formerly called WFIRST, which stands for Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope. The new telescope will have 100 times the view of Hubble. It’s expected to photograph thousands of new exoplanets and probe the nature of dark energy.  Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

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