8 videotapes (Reference copies). 22 digital .wmv files and .rm files (Reference copies)
The study of the upper atmosphere was a major research focus of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in the years 1945 to 1987.
David H. DeVorkin, National Air and Space Museum, conducted videotaped interviews at the NRL with six scientists who pioneered the sciences of aeronomy and X-ray astronomy. They helped develop these hybrid fields by adapting extant technologies to research on the composition of the atmosphere and on the presence of solar and stellar radiation.
(1) Description in control file; (2) name index to transcript.
(1) Early X-ray astronomy: VHS tapes, 9.7 hours; digital video files, 9.7 hours; transcript, 266 pages; (2) NRL aeronomy: VHS tapes, 4.3 hours; digital video files, 4.3 hours; transcript, 124 pages
Collection Division 1 contains interviews with Edward T. Byram, Talbot A. Chubb, Herbert Friedman, and Robert Kreplin, all of whom worked on X-ray astronomy in the Electron Optics Branch of the NRL's Rocketry Division. Topics include development and application of radiation detection technologies and qualities of different rockets as experimental platforms. Visual documentation includes demonstration of the operation of contemporary and period laboratory equipment, X-ray astronomy instrumentation, and photographs.
Collection Division 2 contains interviews with Charles Y. Johnson and Julian C. Holmes, both of whom worked on aeronomy in the NRL's Rocketry Division. Topics include the development of laboratory equipment and the Aerobee rocket, and the process of data interpretation. Visual documentation includes the operation of lab equipment, aeronomy instrumentation, and documents.
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