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Naval Research Laboratory Space Science Videohistory Collection 1986-1987

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Interviewee:
Byram, Edward T  Search this
Chubb, Talbot A  Search this
Kreplin, Robert  Search this
Johnson, Charles Yothers 1920-  Search this
Holmes, Julian C  Search this
Friedman, Herbert 1916-2000  Search this
Interviewer:
DeVorkin, David H. 1944-  Search this
Subject:
Kreplin, Robert  Search this
Johnson, Charles Yothers 1920-  Search this
Holmes, Julian C  Search this
Byram, Edward T  Search this
Chubb, Talbot A  Search this
Friedman, Herbert 1916-2000  Search this
Electron Optics Branch Naval Research Laboratory  Search this
Rocketry Division Naval Research Library  Search this
Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
8 videotapes (Reference copies). 22 digital .wmv files and .rm files (Reference copies)
Type:
Interviews
Collection descriptions
Videotapes
Oral history
Date:
1986
1986-1987
Notes:
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.
Organization:
(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
Summary:
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.
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Topic:
Astronomy and astrophysics  Search this
History of science and technology  Search this
Aerobee rockets  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU009539
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_217707