Virginia Norwood, Mother of Landsat, Has Died Aged 96

Dylan Loeb McClain, New York Times:

Ms. Norwood, a physicist, was the person primarily responsible for designing and championing the scanner that made the program possible.


Ms. Norwood, who was part of an advanced design group in the space and communications division at Hughes, canvassed scientists who specialized in agriculture, meteorology, pollution and geology. She concluded that a scanner that recorded multiple spectra of light and energy — like one that had been used for local agricultural observations — could be modified for the planetary project that the Geological Survey and NASA had in mind.