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Budget Pressures Force Closing of Kitt Peak Dish

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Science  03 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5458, pp. 1573-1575
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5458.1573b

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TUCSON, ARIZONA-- Last week officials at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory announced that they would shutter a pioneering millimeter-wavelength telescope on Kitt Peak in southern Arizona on 1 July. The observatory is building one of two prototypes for a proposed array of 64 dish antennas in the Chilean desert, a joint project with the European Southern Observatory. But that project hasn't received any construction funds and won't come online for several years, creating a gap that many U.S. radio astronomers say will put a serious crimp in the field.