Construction of MMT (Multiple Mirror Telescope) Observatory on Mt. Hopkins, Arizona

ID: SIA RU000371 [94-2872]

Creator: Cornell, James C. Jr

Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs

Date: 1977

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: February 1978, Image No. 94-2872

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Caption from Torch: "MMT CONSTRUCTION IN ARIZONA... The optical support system, a birdcage like structure of iron struts and supports which will hold the six large reflecting mirrors and other associated optics of the Multiple Mirror Telescope, was installed at the facility on top of Mt. Hopkins in mid-September. First, the system had to be trucked to the 8,550-foot summit of the southern Arizona mountain. The system came up the I8-mile winding road very slowly and very carefully in sections strapped to flatbed trailers. The MMT is a joint project of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the University of Arizona."


  • Mt. Hopkins Observatory
  • Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs


Featured in the "Torch," February 1978.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 02, Folder: February 1978, Image No. 94-2872

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  • 1977
  • September 1977

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Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU000371 [94-2872]

Physical description

Gelatin silver prints; 5 x 3.5;

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