Super-Schmidt Camera Installation in New Mexico

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The Super-Schmidt Camera installed at a station at Organ Pass, New Mexico. Created in 1956 the Satellite Tracking Program (STP) of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) was a world-wide network of stations responsible for the optical tracking of satellites. Twelve camera stations were established around the world.


  • Astrophysical Observatory
  • Satellite Tracking Program
  • Super-Schmidt Camera


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Photograph included in the transcript of Fred L. Whipple Oral History Interviews by Pamela M. Henson, June 24, 1976, in Smithsonian Institution Archives

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 9520, Box 1, Fred L. Whipple Oral History Interviews

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. 1960

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  • Photography
  • Observatories
  • Landscapes
  • Astrophysics
  • Equipment
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Cameras
  • Astronomy
  • New Mexico
  • Photography--Equipment and supplies


  • New Mexico
  • Organ Pass, New Mexico


  • Photographic print
  • Object
  • Landscape

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Landscape; Medium: Photographic print

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