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85 Foot Control Room, 1960

The 85ft control room, April 1960. Bill Meredith and Bill Kuhlken. (85control.jpg)
85 Foot Control Room, 1960
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300 Foot Telescope, 1962

Approaching Green Bank from the south on Rt. 92, the 300 foot telescope was a dominant feature of the landscape between 1962 and 1988. (GB62_00734_160.jpg)
300 Foot Telescope, 1962
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Ted Riffe and Dave Heeschen, 1962

Dave Heeschen watches as Ted Riffe tees off, Green Bank 1962. Note Dave Heeschen’s green (officially British Racing Green) Jaguar behind him. (heeschenriffe-golf.jpg)
Ted Riffe and Dave Heeschen, 1962
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Hobo, 1970

Hobo, a long-time Observatory resident, was born in Green Bank on 7 December 1964 to John Hungerbuhler's family dog, Digy. Hobo lived with the Hungerbuhlers, and then at various times with the families of Omar Bowyer, Buck Peery, John Payne, Dave Hogg, Ken Kellermann, and others (and at times managed to live and eat with several families at once). He was a familiar face at the Jansky Lab, the shops, and the telescopes, and loved to join hiking groups. One hike was longer than expected: Hobo and Tom Cram started out toward Buffalo Ridge and ended up in Monterey. Sometime after 1977, Hobo moved to Charlottesville and then Tucson with Tom Cram, and died in Tucson. After Hobo's death in Tucson, he was cremated and his ashes shipped to the Observatory at Green Bank. He is buried across the road from the 140 Foot Telescope, in an enclosed area by a geological survey marker. Thanks to the numerous people who helped verify information about Hobo (and, in the process, had their own Hobo stories to tell). (GB70-06930.jpg)
Hobo, 1970
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Auto-correlation Receiver, 1971

Autocorrelation receiver II, designed and built at NRAO. (Correlation-receiver-III-two-racks-10sept1971.jpg)
Auto-correlation Receiver, 1971
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10 Year Service Awards, 1975

10-year service awards in Green Bank, 1975. Left to right: D. Williams, Monroe Petty, Bill Shank, Mort Roberts, Barry Clark, Charles Sutton, Bill Howard, Toby Mann, James Coe, D. Williams, R. Ervine, Bill Meredith, Al Braun. (Toby_Mann_10yr_GB75_12201_088.jpg)
10 Year Service Awards, 1975
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Line Printer, 1977

Remember the line printers and their output on green-striped z-fold paper? This photo is from 1977. (GB77-15347-line-printer-output.jpg)
Line Printer, 1977
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Green Bank Cafeteria, 1977

Lunch in the Green Bank cafeteria, 1977. Left to right in the line: Pat Crane, Barry Geldzahler, Beaty Sheets, Dave Shaffer, Ken Kellermann, Berdeen O’Brien, and Louise Riley, behind the counter. (GB77_15025_enh.jpg)
Green Bank Cafeteria, 1977
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GB-CV Daily Shuttle, 1977

Anyone who observed in Green Bank from the mid-1960s through the 1980s was familiar with the shuttle. Every morning, 365 days a year for many years, vehicles left both Green Bank and Charlottesville and met in the parking area off U.S. Rt. 250 at the top of Shenandoah Mountain in the George Washington National Forest. The drivers traded the vehicles with their passengers/cargo and then returned to their office of origin. People (both visitors and NRAO staff), equipment, data tapes, interoffice mail - all traveled between Green Bank and Charlottesville on the shuttle. In this November 1977 photo, long-time drivers Merle Kerr (Green Bank) and James Garland (Charlottesville) and their vehicles are at the exchange point on Shenandoah Mountain. (shuttle15302.jpg)
GB-CV Daily Shuttle, 1977
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85 Foot Telescope and Ozma team, 1985

Project OZMA, the first search for extraterrestrial intelligent life, was conducted in 1960 using the 85 foot Howard E. Tatel Telescope. Attendees at the 1985 workshop celebrating Project Ozma’s 25th anniversary who had been part of the 1960 Project OZMA team gather in front of the Tatel Telescope. Front row, left to right: Bob Viers, Dewey Ross, Bill Meredith, Troy Henderson, Bob Uphoff. Back row, left to right, George Grove, Fred Crews, Omar Bowyer, Frank Drake, Kochu Menon. (GB85-23286-SETIwksp.jpg)
85 Foot Telescope and Ozma team, 1985
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GBT Groundbreaking, 1991

Groundbreaking for the Green Bank Telescope, 1 May 1991. L-r: Senator Robert C. Byrd, NSF Director Walter E. Massey, AUI President Robert E. Hughes (without shovel). (GBTgrbr-910501.jpg)
GBT Groundbreaking, 1991
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Green Bank Walkers, 1994

Take a Hike! In fall 1994 a wellness program in Green Bank and Charlottesville encouraged employees to begin a regular walking program with a challenge between the two sites. Which site's walkers could "travel" to the most VLBA antennas? Green Bank walkers won the challenge by traveling a total of 3151 miles, "visiting" Hancock, North Liberty, Los Alamos, and Pie Town. Charlottesville participants walked 2564 miles. In this photo, Green Bank walkers celebrate their success. Left to right: Sue Ann Heatherly, Bob Payne, Bob Simon, Mark Clark, Rick Fisher, Sue Shears, Becky Warner, Zula Taylor, Rich Lacasse, Carol Ziegler, David Williams, George Behrens, David Burgess, Mark McKinnon, Rich Hall, Henrietta Reigel, Shirley Curry, Ray Hanshew, Greg Morgan, Bill Shank. Thanks to Sue Shears for help with names. (gb-walkers-fall1994.jpg)
Green Bank Walkers, 1994
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140 Foot 30th Anniversary, 1995

Green Bank site directors gathered at the 140ft 30th birthday celebration in 1995. Left to right: Dave Heeschen, Mort Roberts, Dave Hogg, Bill Howard, Ken Kellermann, Bob Brown, Martha Haynes, Rick Fisher, George Seielstad, Jay Lockman. (GBdirLineup_1995.jpg)
140 Foot 30th Anniversary, 1995
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Green Bank RFI Team, September 2003

The task of the Radio Frequency Interference team in Green Bank is to ensure that on-site and local sources of radio frequency interference are nulled. The Green Bank Observatory sits inside the Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000 square mile radio protection zone set aside by the federal government. The truck is equipped with antennas to pinpoint sources of interference around the countryside. Even a short in a heating blanket miles away from the Green Bank Telescope will be seen clearly by the GBT and ruin its astronomical observations. Microwave ovens in the buildings here get their own shielding boxes called "Faraday cages." Standing: Carla Beaudet, Wes Sizemore. Sitting: Jeff Acree and Denise Wirt. (GBRFIteam_large.jpg)
Green Bank RFI Team, September 2003
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Installing a Receiver on the GBT, March 2004

On a floating platform suspended from the 64-foot high feed arm on the Green Bank Telescope is the room that houses its eight receivers. In this photo, a large feed horn for a long wavelength receiver is being steadied so that a cryogenic pump can be attached. The supercooled receiver will collect the waves funneling down this horn and send them along fiber to the computers nearly two miles away in the noise-shielded control room. Top: Tom Dunbrack, left: Roger Norrod, right: Mike Stennes. (GBTreceiverroom_large.jpg)
Installing a Receiver on the GBT, March 2004
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Moving a GBT Receiver, July 2011

After a nearly 400-foot descent from the prime focus of the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), this large receiver arrives safely on the ground. Technicians will remove its cradle and get ready to wheel the unit into a truck for a 2-mile drive back to the electronics lab. Left to right: Jonah Bauserman, Shawn Nottingham, Edgar Friel. (GBTtechsFPAmove1_large.jpg)
Moving a GBT Receiver, July 2011
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