Valerie Thomas

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How did the black inventor Valerie Thomas enhance space exploration?

Valerie Thomas

From 1964 to 1995, African American inventor and scientist Valerie Thomas worked in a variety of capacities for NASA, where she developed real-time computer data systems, conducted large-scale experiments and managed numerous operations, projects and facilities.

While overseeing a project for NASA's image processing systems, Thomas' team spearheaded the development of “Landsat,” the first satellite to send images from space. Later, in 1980, she received a patent for an illusion transmitter, which uses concave mirrors on both ends of the transmission to create the optical illusion of a 3-dimensional image on the receiving end. NASA continues to use this technology and is exploring new applications for it.

   

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2/3/2009 8:35:28 AM
kathy said:

ok would i would like to know is what is the purpose of your invention


1/25/2012 8:59:21 AM
barakat said:

i love her




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