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For release: 07/03/03
Satellite release #: 03-110


Attention:  Early Morning Producer
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NASA'S 'INVENTION OF THE YEAR' FIGHTS CRIME; TECHNOLOGY FROM SPACE PROGRAM PUTS LAWBREAKERS BEHIND BARS

  • It started out as a way to study the Sun and weather systems. Through some dramatic turns, it became a valuable law enforcement tool and NASA's "Commercial Invention of the Year."
  • VISAR, or Video Image Stabilization and Registration, has been used to assist law enforcement in dozens of criminal cases.
  • And it was even used to verify an image of Saddam Hussein earlier this year.
  • VISAR can stabilize and enhance video, brighten dark images and enlarge small sections of pictures to reveal clues about crimes.
  • The computer software is now available in a product for law enforcement offered by Intergraph Corp. of Huntsville, Ala., in its Video Analyst workstation product.
  • VISAR -- another technology developed in the space program and now improving life on Earth with further applications for engineering, medicine and video editing.
  • Talk to one of VISAR's inventors about this NASA success story.
Who: Dr. David Hathaway, solar physicist
Paul Meyer, atmospheric physicist
Marshall Space Flight Center
Satellite coordinates: GE-2, Transponder 9C,
85 degrees west longitude,
Frequency: 3880 MHz, audio: 6.8 MHz.
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Jerry Berg, Media Relations
(256) 544-0034

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