End of Operation Moonwatch Observed at SAO Luncheon

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The end of Operation Moonwatch was observed by (from left) Albert Werner, last chief of the program; Fred L. Whipple, former director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and founder of the Baker-Nunn tracking network and Moonwatch; Frederick C. Durant III, Assistant Director of the Department of Astronautics, National Air and Space Museum; Mrs. Grace Spitz, widow of Armand Spitz, planetarium designer and consultant to SAO; and David Challinor, Assistant Secretary for Science. Fred Durant is holding an original Moonwatch telescope donated to the museum by SAO.


  • Challinor, David
  • Durant, Frederick C. 1916-
  • Spitz, Armand
  • Whipple, Fred L (Fred Lawrence) 1906-2004
  • Spitz, Grace
  • Werner, Albert
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs


  • Original film available in SIA Acc. 11-009.
  • Featured in the "Torch," September 1975.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: September 1975, Image No. 75-6750-12

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  • 1975
  • June 26, 1975

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SIA RU000371 [75-6750-12]

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8 x 10;

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