Save a NASA Mobile Observatory!

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The Center for Planetary Science , a 501.c.3 Non-Profit Organization , needs YOUR help to save and restore a rare NASA artifact! The Contraves Cinetheodolite Tracking System was used by NASA and the U.S. Air Force for rocketry experiments. Of the 22 built - only 2 have survived! This specific dome was stationed at Cape Canaveral and is now located on a farm, rusting away, in Central Florida. Our goal is to restore and convert this rare piece of history into a mobile observatory for astronomical research, including sharing it with local astronomy clubs, teachers, and science students. 

Upon restoration, we will install a 12" LX200 Meade Telescope for optical observations; and a SpectraCyber Hydrogen Receiver, which will be routed to a 10-meter radio telescope to research gamma-ray pulsars. 

 

 For transparency purposes, here is our budget:

Purchase from Owner: $2,000 
Sandblast, Paint and Prime: $500
Clean and Repaint Interior: $200
Red LED Lighting for Interior: $150
Custom Decals: $150
Transport the Observatory: $500

Please help us save and restore this rare NASA mobile observatory!

This project will be lead by Prof. Antonio Paris, Chief Scientist at the Center for Planetary Science , an Adjunct at St. Petersburg College ,  and the Director of Space Programs at MOSI  . Additionally, the project is a joint effort with the Farrout Observatory  in Dade City, FL and several astronomy clubs in the Tampa Bay Area. 


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Hi everyone! Regarding post restoration, we are placing an LX200 Meade 12" telescope for optical observations and a SpectraCyber Hydrogen Receiver, which will be routed to a 10 m radio telescope for gamma ray pulsar research.
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Nora Sheffield
34 months ago
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Fantastic! A mobile observatory traveling the country, giving our children the opportunity to see our galaxy, in person, with a real astronaut! The up and coming young scientists will be thrilled. Great work Tony Paris!!

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Antonio Paris
34 months ago

Alexander, we are placing an LX200 Meade 12" telescope for optical observations and a SpectraCyber Hydrogen Receiver, which will be routed to the 10 m radio telescope for gamma ray pulsar research.

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$50
Fredric Sandsmark
34 months ago

I follow you on Twitter and think that this is a cool project! Good luck.

$10
Anonymous
34 months ago
HG
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Harold Geller
34 months ago
$50
Anonymous
34 months ago
$25
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34 months ago
IC
$50
Ian Cole
34 months ago

I hope to see this out at events getting kids and adults excited about science!

TD
$10
Tim Deagan
34 months ago

I hope we'll see this at Maker Faires (bring it to Austin!)

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Alison Leary
34 months ago

Good luck!

$10
Caleb Kraft
34 months ago

this is too cool to let die!

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Anonymous
34 months ago
Nora Sheffield
34 months ago
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Fantastic! A mobile observatory traveling the country, giving our children the opportunity to see our galaxy, in person, with a real astronaut! The up and coming young scientists will be thrilled. Great work Tony Paris!!

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Antonio Paris
34 months ago

Alexander, we are placing an LX200 Meade 12" telescope for optical observations and a SpectraCyber Hydrogen Receiver, which will be routed to the 10 m radio telescope for gamma ray pulsar research.

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