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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The John P Stapp Air & Space Park

This is the John P. Stapp Air & Space Park outside the New Mexico Museum of Space History as viewed from inside the museum on one of the upper floors. This image was taken at 18mm focal length with an exposure of 1/60 seconds at f/11, ISO 200 with a polarizer.
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Tuguldur said...

what are those small 'dome' kind of things? one in the corner, 2 with wheels on the road?

Are they missile tracking systems? or some other sorts of things?

Jim said...

Yes, those are missile tracking cameras. I guess the ones on wheels were mobile. The one on the right is an example of what was out on the White Sands Missile Range. Also, I believe the early White Sands tracking stations were designed and built under the direction of Clyde Tombaugh - yes, THAT Clyde Tombaugh. After he left Lowell Observatory, he moved to Las Cruces where he worked at WSMR as well as New Mexico State University. He lived south of I-10 in Las Cruces and I was lucky enough to watch the 1994 annular solar eclipse from his front yard where (as he said), we were at "Center Ring".

Tuguldur said...

Yes, I remember those pictures! I saw them on your web page! :)