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Norristown Native Helps NASA Send the Mona Lisa to the Moon

Dr. Maria T. Zuber, Ph.D., was a key member of NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter project.

According to the DaVinci Science Center's website, Norristown native Dr. Maria T. Zuber, Ph.D., was part of a team that helped make history when they successfully transmitted information to the NASA'a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite on the moon. That information? An image of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Zuber was the Deputy Principal Investigator on the agency's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) project. NASA scientists reportedly believe that in the future, lasers may support or even replace radio waves as the primary mode of satellite communication.

Read more about the program and Zuber's other accomplishments here.

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