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Paper: NRAO at 50!
Volume: 395, Frontiers of Astrophysics: A Celebration of NRAO's 50th Anniversary
Page: 3
Authors: Lo, K.Y.
Abstract: The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has had a proud history and tradition of enabling a very wide range of discoveries and innovations in radio astronomy in its first 50 years, by developing a series of very powerful telescopes with excellent instrumentation and making them available to scientists from all over the world under the Open Skies policy. Today, the NRAO continues to be an important resource for astronomy, and it will be acquiring vastly increased capabilities provided by the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA) and the international Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) when both are completed in 2012. Combining them with the 100 m Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) and the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), the NRAO will offer an extremely powerful suite of complementary facilities that enable the international scientific community to conduct forefront research over a very broad range of topics in astronomy and astrophysics in the coming decades. At this milestone of its 50th Anniversary, the NRAO believes it is very timely to examine the forefront astrophysical problems at this Symposium, with a view to help formulate the next-generation facility, such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
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