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Jun 30 Moonwatch Volunteers, 1965

Jun 30 SAO Closes Operation Moonwatch

 

Jun 30 SAO Closes Operation Moonwatch

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Year: 
1975
Month: 
june
Day: 
30
Date: 
Mon, 1975-06-30
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Operation Moonwatch, the worldwide volunteer satellite tracking network run by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, ends after 18 years.  These volunteers played a major role in tracking artificial satellites after the launch of the Russian satellite Sputnik in 1957. The Volunteer Flight Officers Network is also disbanded.