Multiple Mirror Telescope Dedicated

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The Multiple Mirror Telescope, a joint project of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the University of Arizona, is dedicated in ceremonies in Tucson. It was designed by SAO director Fred Lawrence Whipple using lenses donated by the United States Air Force, and is a joint federal-state project.


  • Whipple, Fred Lawrence 1906-
  • Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
  • Mt. Hopkins Observatory
  • Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
  • United States Air Force
  • University of Arizona


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1979, p. 140, 364
  • Torch, 5/1979, p. 1
  • Torch, 6/1979, p. 1.

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


May 9, 1979


  • Observatories
  • Astrophysics
  • New Programs
  • Openings
  • Cooperation
  • Telescopes
  • Astronomy



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