Constructing 84-foot Radio Telescope

ID: 2005-10441

Creator: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1968

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 108, Box 2 1966-1971, Folder 5

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The assembly of the 26-meter (84-foot) fully-steerable radio telescope was mounted on a Harvard pedestal located at the Harvard-Smithsonian George R. Agassiz station, at Harvard, Massachusetts. The radio telescope was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution through the U.S. Army Materiel Command at Huntsville, Alabama. Initial studies conducted with the new telescope included radio investigations of atomic and molecular constituents in the interstellar medium.


  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Harvard College Observatory
  • George R. Agassiz Station of the Harvard College Observatory
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory-Harvard College Observatory Radio Telescope
  • United States Army Materiel Command


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For information on installation of the telescope, see Smithsonian Year, 1968, p. 470.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 108, Box 2 1966-1971, Folder 5

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


c. 1968

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  • Cambridge, MA
  • Observatories
  • Astrophysics
  • Radio astronomy
  • Instruments
  • Scientific apparatus and instruments
  • Telescopes
  • Astronomy




  • Photographic print
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Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print

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