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Baker-Nunn Camera

Creator:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Title:
Baker-Nunn Camera
Creator:
Baker, James G.
Data Source:
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Date:
c. 1958
Notes:
Quotation comes from fact sheet found with photo in RU108. There is specific information about the camera found on the fact sheet as well.
Summary:
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.
Contained in:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 108, Box 2, Folder: 5
Restrictions:
No restrictions
Topics:
Observing stations, Baker-Nunn Camera, Satellites, Instrument, Satellite Tracking Program, Baker, James G, Nunn, Joseph, Observatories, Photography
Subject:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Category:
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Form/Genre:
Photographic print, Object
Local Number:
2002-32252
Physical Description:
Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print
Full Record:
https://siris-sihistory.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?&profile=all&source=~!sichronology&uri=full=3100001~!8335~!0#focus
Baker-Nunn Camera

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