Roger Doxsey, one of the earliest employees of the Hubble Space Telescope, passed away yesterday.
Roger was responsible for the science operations of the Telescope both prior to and during its entire productive lifetime. As a young pup, I was involved in creating the earliest software in support of many aspects of the plan he developed.
Along with Barry Lasker, who was my direct supervisor for most of that period, Roger is now another star to be cataloged and studied and memorialized in NASA history.
The Hubble Space Telescope’s science team in Baltimore has lost one of its original leaders, a physicist whose comprehensive knowledge of the complex observatory helped keep its science operations running smoothly, and astronomers’ discoveries rolling in.
Rodger Doxsey, head of the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Hubble Mission Office, died of cancer Tuesday after entering an area hospice over the weekend. The Towson resident was 62.
“Rodger was the heart and soul of Hubble here at the Institute,” said STScI’s director, Matt Mountain. “He … knew everything about the space telescope, from the smallest anomaly to the breadth of the extraordinary science delivered by the telescope he had worked with for over 28 years.”