Baker-Nunn Camera

ID: 2002-32252

Creator: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1958

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

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Looking down on the Baker-Nunn Camera, one of the world's most sensitive devices for observing artificial satellites. A network of twelve tracking stations equipped with such cameras is maintained by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for the observation of both natural and artificial objects in space. The stations are located in Argentina, Australia, Curacao, India, Iran, Japan, Peru, South Africa, Spain, and at three sites in the United States.


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Quotation comes from fact sheet found with photo in RU108. There is specific information about the camera found on the fact sheet as well.

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

Contact information

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


c. 1958

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  • Photography
  • Satellites
  • Observatories
  • Satellite Tracking Program
  • Baker-Nunn camera
  • Observing stations
  • Nunn, Joseph
  • Baker-Nunn Camera
  • Instrument
  • Baker, James G


  • Photographic print
  • Object

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Physical description

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

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