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There is 1 comment on The Secret History of BU’s PRB Observatory and the Telescope It Was Built to House

  1. AST/RO was sited at the geographic South Pole on the Antarctic Plateau. The Antarctic Plateau is the highest, driest desert on Earth. This makes the sky above almost as transparent as the vacuum of space. We needed this transparency in order to observe atomic carbon. For AST/RO to function in such a harsh environment it had to be designed and built as if it were a space mission, for 1/100 the cost of an actual space mission.

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