SAO Station in Hawaii Closes

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The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Satellite Tracking Station in Hawaii, one of the original members of the 12-site international network of the Satellite Tracking Program, is closed and its Baker-Nunn camera turned over to the U.S. Air Force. The station, located in Maui, was turned over to the University of Hawaii, from whom the Smithsonian had been renting it for 22 years.


  • United States Air Force
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
  • University of Hawaii


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," November 1980, p. 4.

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  • Closings
  • Observatories
  • Artificial satellites
  • Satellite Tracking Program
  • Astrophysics
  • Field Stations
  • Geodesy
  • Baker-Nunn camera
  • Astronomy
  • Baker-Nunn Camera



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