Pictures from the Early Years at Kitt Peak


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Enjoy with us some pictures from our photo archives of the early days at the Kitt Peak National Observatory. For more history about the U.S. National Observatories see if your library has the book "AURA and its US National Observatories" by Frank K. Edmondson, Indiana University.

Kitt Peak - 1958
Kitt Peak - 1958

Initial lease agreement
- 1958
Initial lease agreement - 1958
Site survey telescope
Site survey telescope


Seeing monitors - 1957
Seeing monitors - 1957
Old road (courtesty of E.
Carpenter)
Old road (courtesty of E. Carpenter) - 1957


Today Show - 1978
Today Show - 1978
Tohono O'odham crafts
Tohono O'odham crafts


4-m mirror arrives - 1967
4-m mirror arrives - 1967


Kitt Peak 40th
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