Operation Moonwatch Event, Biloxi, Mississippi

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Under a banner for Operation Moonwatch, people are lined up at the entrance to a Satellite Demonstration set up in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Moonwatch Division of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory was created in 1956 as part of the Satellite Tracking Program and established to track and photograph the artificial earth satellites to be launched during the International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958.


  • Operation Moonwatch
  • Moonwatch Program
  • Satellite Tracking Program
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


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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

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


c. 1958

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  • Women
  • Visitors' centers
  • Children
  • Astronomy
  • Special events
  • Event




  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid
  • Interior

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

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