AURA and its US National Observatories
By (author) Frank K. Edmondson
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AURA and its US National Observatories by Frank K. Edmondson
Book DescriptionA new source of funding for astronomy stemmed from the creation of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1950. Astronomers were quick to take advantage of the opportunities this provided to found new observatories. In this 1997 book, the science and politics of the establishment, funding, construction and operation of the Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) and the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) are seen from the unique perspective of Frank K. Edmondson, a former member of the AURA board of directors. AURA was asked to manage the Sacramento Peak Observatory (SPO) in 1976, and in 1983 the National Solar Observatory (NSO) was formed by merging the SPO and the KPNO solar programs. In 1981 NASA chose AURA to establish and operate the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). This is a personal account of a period of major innovation in American optical astronomy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521019187
(247mm x 174mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 8-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This 1997 book explores the history of AURA from the unique perspective of Frank K. Edmondson, former member of the AURA board of directors.
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