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Picturing The Past: Complex Goes From Tracking Station To PARI

 

August 17, 2017

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Smoke from the burning of cleared overgrowth gives the old cemetery an eerie appearance.

(Editor's Note: The following story was run in October 2013, but it's being run again as PARI gears up to be a focal point during Monday's solar eclipse.)

As NASA expanded its space exploration and satellite program a network to track satellites and the data they collected also developed. There were minitrack stations in the U.S., England, South Africa, South America and Australia, but in 1963 the only data-acquisition facility was in Fairbanks, Alaska. The purpose was to gather data from satellites and space craft.

This required a location with quiet surroundings - minimal outside nois...



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