Richard E. McCrosky at Work

ID: 2002-32250

Creator: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1970

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

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Dr. Richard McCrosky, scientist-in-charge of Prairie Meteorite Network (1962-1975) viewing photograph of meteor taken by the network cameras. The Network, a system of 16 unmanned, fully automatic camera stations in Midwestern United States, to acquire orbital and trajectory data on very bright meteors. The photos, such as one being analyzed here, are used in attempts to locate and recover meteorites that might have survived trip to earth's surface. The project was administered by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.


  • McCrosky, Richard
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 108, Box 2, Folder 5

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


c. 1970

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  • Photography
  • Prairie Meteorite Network
  • Observatories
  • Meteorites
  • Instruments
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Observing stations
  • Meteoritic Photography and Recovery Project
  • Smithsonian Institution--Employees


  • Photographic print
  • Person, candid

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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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