Report indicates critical need for large radio astronomy facilities


  • Anonymous


The National Science Foundation has emphasized the critical need for new, large radio astronomy facilities to maintain the impetus of the U.S. effort in radio astronomy. This report was submitted to the Foundation by the ad hoc Advisory Panel for Large Radio Astronomy Facilities (the Dicke Panel). In the two years that have passed since the first meeting of the panel, new discoveries such as pulsars and the existence of then unsuspected interstellar molecules have been made in radio astronomy. The continued design studies for new facilities previously recommended by the panel have been substantially advanced, and the panel strongly urges that the Arecibo telescope be resurfaced to be useful at shorter wavelengths, and that the Owens Valley Array be constructed.