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Collection ID:
Record Unit 260
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting the role of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the operation of Project Celescope. The correspondence concerns NASA's Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO) program; the installation of Celescope in the OAO satellite; NASA funding of ...

Discusses Whipple's research and tenure as director of the SAO, 1955-1976, especially: the Prairie Network, established to photograph meteorites and fireballs in order to calculate their orbits; comparisons of photographic and radio data on flare stars to identify radio noise from stars; development of stellar atmosphere models in the 1960s; automated data processing at SAO for research and to publish large data sets, such as the Star Catalog; importance of rapid publication of data, such as the standard earths; refinement of observational techniques used in the STP, Prairie Network, Radio Meteor Project, Orbiting Solar Observatory, and Orbiting Astronomical Observatories; his involvement in the lunar program; a national program for astrophysics in relation to NSF and NASA; SAO's minimal involvement with the Division of Radiation; SAO research projects on Greenland micrometeorite studies, neutrino searches, and atomic clock tests of the theory of relativity; development of an observatory on Mt. Hopkins, Arizona, with "pin money"; construction of the MMT on Mt. Hopkins in 1971; decrease in national funding for astrophysics in late 1960s and effects on SAO; transfer of the central bureaus to SAO, including the International Astronomical Union telegraph service and the Center for Short-Lived Phenomena; SAO research in the sixties, including support for the space telescope project, Edward L. Fireman's high energy research on meteorites, and the radio meteor program; reminiscences of colleagues, including Craig M. Merrihue, Imre G. Izsak, and Carlton W. Tillinghast; his role in the Apollo program and reminiscences of the first lunar landing in 1969; formation of the Center for Astrophysics after Whipple's retirement in 1973; his research strategy to encourage innovative work in meteoritics, geodetics, x-ray and radio astronomy; his current research on comet theory and tektites.
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Collection ID:
Record Unit 9520
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Project Celescope
Dates:
1958-1968
Size:
10 cu. ft. (20 document boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 260
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This record unit documents the operation of Project Celescope from its inception in 1958 until shortly before the launch of the experiment in December 1968. Records include correspondence; memoranda; TWX messages; contracts, invitations, bids and proposals; reports; and related materials concerning the technical development of Celescope; ...

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Contracts and Grants Department
Dates:
1990-2005
Size:
3 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 06-033
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records that document Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) activities and projects, and consist of proposal, contract and grant files. Proposals found in this accession were made for grants administered by groups within the Smithsonian Institution. Materials include proposals, quotations, and bids from contrac...

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Smithsonian Institution. Contracts Office
Dates:
1961-1966
Size:
8.5 cu. ft. (17 document boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 168
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This record unit consists of correspondence, memoranda, contracts, bids and invitations, proposals, reports and related materials maintained by the Contracts Office concerning Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) projects, especially Project Celescope. Of special interest are materials documenting contracts with Electro-Mechanical ...

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Contracts and Grants Department
Dates:
2000-2005
Size:
18 cu. ft. (18 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 06-008
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records which document Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) activities and projects, and consist of proposal and grant files. Materials include proposals, quotations, and bids from contractors, equipment makers, and other vendors to provide services, equipment, and instruments for SAO.

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Publications and Information
Dates:
1910, 1921, 1938, 1954-2000
Size:
9.5 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection ID:
Accession 16-263
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records created and maintained by James C. Cornell, Jr., a public information specialist and publications manager for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). SAO jointly administers the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) with the Harvard College Observatory. Materials primarily consist of phot...

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Assistant Director (Administration)
Dates:
1964-1973
Size:
4 cu. ft. (8 document boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 256
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This record unit consists primarily of administrative files maintained by Robert V. Bartnik in his capacity as Assistant Director (Administration), 1970-1973. A smaller amount of material was created by his predecessor, Tillinqhast, 1964-1969. The files are arranged alphabetically by subject and include correspondence, memoranda, charts, ...

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Assistant Director (Science)
Dates:
1961-1973
Size:
18.5 cu. ft. (18 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 253
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This record unit consists of administrative records maintained by Charles A. Lundquist as assistant director (Science), which primarily concern SAO scientific projects. Projects represented in the records include the Satellite Tracking Program, Celescope Project, Gravitational Redshift Space Probe Experiment, Hydrogen Maser Program, Very ...

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Sponsored Programs and Procurement Department
Dates:
1997-2010
Size:
7 cu. ft. (7 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Accession 11-272
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This accession consists of records documenting outside funding for Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) research, projects, and activities. Materials include proposals, quotations, and bids from contractors, equipment makers, and other vendors to provide services, equipment, and instruments for SAO.

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