Radio Telescope and Moon

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    (Project 365 Day 78)
    This is one of the four radio telescopes over by NASA Ames Research Center, right along Highway 237. I always thought they looked really cool. For one week, I drove by them every day to work nearby, and then I changed jobs. So sad.

    Anyway, they didn't seem to actually belong to Ames, so I looked up Ames in Wikipedia, and that led me to something called WikiMapia, and I figured out who it belongs to.

    Apparently, it belongs to Onizuka Air Force Station. It's soon to be decommissioned, but it has a windowless building called "the Blue Cube" that has for decades housed some of our most top secret projects. I had no idea! A bit more info in this other flickr user's description.

    Hm. Come to think of it, Onizuka AFS redevelopment plans were mentioned in the Winter 2007 issue of the Sunnyvale Quarterly Report that I flickred a few days ago! The City of Sunnyvale is actively seeking community input in shaping its plans. :)

    Khurram A. Shaikh, giupaint, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. aussiegall 89 months ago | reply

      Cool shot.Interesting information as well

    2. FatPete [deleted] 89 months ago | reply

      I like it too, especially with the clouds helping to break up the sky.

    3. ToastyKen 89 months ago | reply

      Thanks! Yeah, I had some other pictures that had better composition of the telescope, but only a couple that had that spooky cloud. (It was windy, and the cloud was moving quickly.)

    4. mirzles 89 months ago | reply

      cool... really nice to look at!

    5. Digital Trav 88 months ago | reply

      Did anyone hassle you while taking the photos?

    6. ToastyKen 88 months ago | reply

      I don't think anyone noticed me.

    7. Kiel Bryant 71 months ago | reply

      The cube itself has an Area 51 style "photography prohibited" sign. Great composition. I like to think these parabola could be used in a low budget movie.

      If you go to the neighboring, public Moffett Park, you can get an unimpeded vantage of both dishes from the top of the parking garage.

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