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Telescope, Project Celescope

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Aluminum, Plastic, Glass, Rubber (Silicone), Stainless Steel, Steel, Stainless Fabric, Nylon
Dimensions:
Storage (Rehoused on Aluminum Pallet with one other object): 121.9 × 121.9 × 121.9cm, 106.1kg (48 × 48 × 48 in., 234lb.)
Type:
INSTRUMENTS-Scientific
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Transfer from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Inventory Number:
A19731428000
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Usage conditions apply
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Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Extent:
10 cu. ft. (20 document boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Manuscripts
Date:
1958-1968
Descriptive Entry:
This record unit documents the operation of Project Celescope from its inception in 1958 until shortly before the launch of the experiment in December 1968. Records include correspondence; memoranda; TWX messages; contracts, invitations, bids and proposals; reports; and related materials concerning the technical development of Celescope; involvement of NASA in the project; SAO administration of the project; and the selection and work of contractors producing instruments for the project.
Historical Note:
Conceived in 1958, Project Celescope was an experiment undertaken by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) to study the atmospheres of the hotter stars by means of photometric measurements in those regions of the ultraviolet that are accessible only from above the earth's atmosphere. Measurements were achieved by mounting telescopes, in an orbiting satellite, that would focus starlight on ultraviolet-sensitive television cameras. Project Celescope was funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of its Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO) program. The project reached a climax on December 7, 1968, when NASA launched the second OAO satellite containing the Celescope experiment. More than 8,500 photographs of more than 2,800 areas of the sky were made during the experiment's lifetime.

From 1958 to 1965, Project Celescope existed as a separate division of SAO. In 1965 the project was placed under administrative control of the newly created Department of Flight Operations. The project's primary staff included Fred Lawrence Whipple, project director; Robert J. Davis, project scientist; and Francis R. Nitchie, Jr., engineering administrator, 1958-1962. In 1962, the title of the latter position was changed to project manager. Project managers included G. K. Megerian, 1962; Charles A. Lundquist, acting project manager, 1963; and John J. Burke, 1964-1968.
Topic:
Astrophysical observatories  Search this
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Genre/Form:
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
Identifier:
Record Unit 260
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Records
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_collection:sova-sia-faru0260

Folder 12 Adolf Meller Company, 1959-1963.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 18 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 18
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1009

Box 19

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Folders 1-2 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Copies of correspondence between NASA and contractors working on instrumentation for Project Celescope, 1963-1964.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 19
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1029

Folder 3 Philco Corporation, 1960-1961.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 19
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1040

Folder 4 Philco Corporation. Proposal, "Aerobee-HI Instrumentation for Project Celescope," March 1960 (bid #60-SI-812).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 19
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1051

Folder 5 Radio Corporation of America, 1958-1962.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 19
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1062

Folder 6 Radio Corporation of America. Proposal, "Aerobee-HI Instrumentation for Project Celescope," March 1960 (bid #60-SI-812).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 19
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1074

Folder 7 Radio Corporation of America. Proposal, "Ultraviolet Sensitive Camera Tubes," July 1961 (bid #61-SI-857).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 19
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1085

Folder 8 Radio Corporation of America. Proposal, "Technical Proposal for Celescope Payload," August 1961 (bid #61-SI-858).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 19
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1096

Folder 9 Rauland Corporation, 1962.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 19
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1107

Folder 10 Rauland Corporation. Proposal, "Ultraviolet Sensitive Camera Tubes," June 1961 (bid #61-SI-857).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 19
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1118

Folder 11 Thompson Ramo Wooldridge, Inc., Dage Television Division. Proposal for the development of a television system for Project Celescope, March 1960.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 19 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 19
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1129

Box 20

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY.
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1141

Folder 1 United States Army Engineering Research and Development Laboratories, 1960-1963.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 20 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 20
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1148

Folder 2 United States Department of Commerce, Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1961-1963.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 20 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 20
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1159

Folder 3 Vought Astronautics. Proposal, "Aerobee-HI Instrumentation for Project Celescope," March 1960 (bid #60-SI-812).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 20 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 20
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1170

Folders 4-7 Westinghouse Electric Corporation, correspondence, November 1958-July 1965.

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 20 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 20
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1181

Folder 8 Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Proposal, "Aerobee-HI Instrumentation for Project Celescope," March 1960 (bid #60-SI-812).

Collection Creator::
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope  Search this
Container:
Box 20 of 20
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 260, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Project Celescope, Records
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Records
Records / Series 7: CONTRACTS FILE, 1958-1965. ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY. / Box 20
Archival Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-sia-faru0260-refidd1e1193

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