Historical scientist Gladys West

This biography text for year 6 and P7, describes how Gladys West helped to develop the first Global Positioning System (GPS). Gladys was hired by the American government as a mathematician in coding and computer programming. In 1978, Gladys led the Seasat project, processing data from a NASA satellite that was one of the earliest Earth-observing systems. The satellite was designed to measure variation in sea-surface winds, temperatures, wave heights, sea ice, ocean geography and liquid water in the Earth’s atmosphere.

This downloadable reading pack includes:

  • An A3 reading spread for you to print.
  • A reading comprehension question and answer sheet.
Year 6
Electricity, Earth and space
Historical scientist Gladys West

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