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Plan Would Shut Kitt Peak Facilities

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Science  03 May 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5262, pp. 641
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5262.641a

Summary

Astronomers who use the National Optical Astronomy Observatories' (NOAO's) five telescopes on Kitt Peak in Arizona have known for a few years that money was tight and that some of the instruments might have to be shuttered. But it wasn't until last month that they found out the hit list includes the biggest scope on the mountain—the 4-meter Mayall—and that it could happen as early as 1999. The current crisis was triggered by projections of a flat budget for many years from the National Science Foundation and a recent National Research Council report recommending that NOAO put its money elsewhere.