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Paper: ZAPPED! . . . by Hostile Space Aliens!
Volume: 395, Frontiers of Astrophysics: A Celebration of NRAO's 50th Anniversary
Page: 323
Authors: Condon, J.J.
Abstract: The 300 foot telescope was the first large telescope “readily available to all comers” and taught the NRAO how to run a national observatory. Although it was conceived as a “quick and dirty” stopgap with a five-year lifetime, the 300 foot telescope was upgraded many times and remained scientifically productive for 26 years. Its unexpected collapse in 1988 paved the way for its vastly improved successor, the GBT, and may have saved radio astronomy in Green Bank. Friends of the 300 foot fondly remember it as a symbol of radio astronomy in its bold, creative, simple, and sometimes foolish younger days.
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