NASA Orbital Debris Observatory

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NASA Orbital Debris Observatory
Dome of the NASA Orbital Debris Observatory near Cloudcroft, New Mexico
NASA Orbital Debris Observatory
Organization NASA
Location near Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Coordinates 32°58′46″N 105°44′01″W / 32.9795°N 105.7336°W / 32.9795; -105.7336Coordinates: 32°58′46″N 105°44′01″W / 32.9795°N 105.7336°W / 32.9795; -105.7336
Altitude 2,751 meters (9,026 ft)
Established 1995 (1995)
Closed 2002 (2002)
NASA LMT 3.0 m liquid mirror
CCD Debris Telescope 0.32 m reflector

NASA Orbital Debris Observatory (NODO) was an astronomical observatory located in the Lincoln National Forest near Cloudcroft, New Mexico approximately 23 kilometers (14 mi) northeast of Alamogordo. From 1995 to 2002 it hosted two telescopes funded and operated by NASA that were dedicated to detecting orbital debris.[1] The facility was initially called the Cloudcroft Electro-Optical Research Facility when it was completed in 1962, and was also known as the Cloudcroft Observatory. It is now privately owned.



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  1. ^ a b "Orbital Debris Optical Measurements". NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  2. ^ Cabanac, Remi A.; Borra, Ermanno F.; Beauchemin, Mario (10 December 1998). "A Search for Peculiar Objects with the NASA Orbital Debris Observatory 3 Meter Liquid Mirror Telescope". The Astrophysical Journal. 509 (1): 309–323. arXiv:astro-ph/9804267Freely accessible. Bibcode:1998ApJ...509..309C. doi:10.1086/306488. 
  3. ^ MULROONEY, M. (May 2007). "The NASA Liquid Mirror Telescope" (PDF). Orbital Debris Quarterly News. NASA Orbital Debris Program Office. 
  4. ^ Hickson, Paul; Mulrooney, Mark K. (1 March 1998). "University of British Columbia–NASA Multi‐Narrowband Survey. I. Description and Photometric Properties of the Survey". The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. 115 (1): 35–42. Bibcode:1998ApJS..115...35H. doi:10.1086/313080. 
  5. ^ Jarvis, K. S.; Africano, J. L.; Sydney, P. F.; Stansbery, E. G.; Thumm, T. L.; Jorgensen, K.; Mulrooney, M. (2001). "Observations of the geosynchronous Earth orbital debris environment using NASA's CCD Debris Telescope". In: Proceedings of the Third European Conference on Space Debris. 473: 95. Bibcode:2001ESASP.473...95J. 

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