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Subject:
Lilley, A. Edward  Search this
Hayes, Joseph F  Search this
Harvard College Observatory  Search this
George R. Agassiz Station of the Harvard College Observatory  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory  Search this
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory-Harvard College Observatory Radio Telescope  Search this
United States Army Materiel Command  Search this
Date:
1968
Category:
Chronology of Smithsonian History
Notes:
Smithsonian Year, 1968, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1968, p. 470.
Summary:
The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory-Harvard College Observatory Radio Telescope is installed at Harvard University's George R. Agassiz Station. Directed by A. Edward Lilley, the project took three years to install the 26 meter/84 foot diameter precision paraboloid antenna on an existing pedestal at the station. A new counterweight system was installed. A survey of the telescope's surface was completed, the system noise temperature was measured, and the telescope was placed on a regular operational basis. Joseph F. Hayes also developed a small laboratory for constructing and testing parametric amplifiers. The telescope was acquired by the Smithsonian through the U.S. Army Materiel Command in Huntsville, Alabama. The telescope will be used to investigate atomic and molecular constituents in the interstellar medium.
Contact information:
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic:
Scientific apparatus and instruments  Search this
Astronomy  Search this
Instruments  Search this
Telescopes  Search this
Astrophysicists  Search this
Observatories  Search this
Cambridge, MA  Search this
Radio astronomy  Search this
Astrophysics  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
EDAN-URL:
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