The End of Operation Moonwatch

ID: 75-6750-12

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1975

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 2, Folder: September 1975

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The end of Operation Moonwatch is observed by (from left) Albert Werner, last chief of the program (1968-1975); Fred Lawrence Whipple, former director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (1955-1973) and founder of the Baker-Nunn tracking network and Moonwatch; Frederick C. Durant, III, Assistant Director of the Department of Astronautics, National Air and Space Museum, who is holding an original Moonwatch telescope donated to the museum by SAO; Grace Spitz, wife of Armand N. Spitz, former Moonwatch director, 1956-1957; and David Challinor, Assistant Secretary for Science, (1971-1985).


  • Whipple, Fred Lawrence 1906-
  • Spitz, Armand
  • Durant, Frederick C., III
  • Challinor, David
  • Operation Moonwatch
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • National Air and Space Museum


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Featured in TORCH, September 1975

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 2, Folder: September 1975

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  • Spitz, Grace
  • Werner, Albert
  • Observatories
  • Moon
  • Outer space
  • Astronautics
  • Event


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

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