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The University of Texas at Austin (informally Texas, University of Texas, UT Austin, or simply UT) is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. The main campus is located in Downtown Austin, TX, USA, less than a mile from the Texas State Capitol. Founded in 1883, the University is sometimes referred to as a "Public Ivy," and it is currently (as of Fall 2005) the fifth largest single-campus in the USA by enrollment (and had the largest enrollment in the country from 1997-2003), with upwards of 50,000 students and 20,000 faculty and staff.

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McDonald Observatory's 2.1 m Otto Struve Telescope (82") & 2.7 m Harlan J. Smith Telescope (107")

The McDonald Observatory is located near the town of Fort Davis, Texas in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, the United States. The site is campus property of the University of Texas at Austin and mainly funded by the university, along with revenues from telescope leases. The observatory is equipped with a wide range of instrumentation for imaging and spectroscopy in the optical and infrared and operates the first lunar laser ranging station. McDonald works closely with, though it is administratively separate from, the astronomy department of the University of Texas at Austin. The McDonald Observatory also produces and consults on StarDate, a daily syndicated radio astronomy segment hosted by Sandy Wood, which airs on stations throughout the nation in both English and Spanish. (more...)

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The crowded stacks of the Life Science Library, in the Main Building.

The Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin is a structure at the center of the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas that houses the university's administrative offices. The Main Building's 307-foot (93-meter) tower, often referred to as "The Tower", has 28-floors and is one of the most recognizable symbols of the University. It also houses the Life Science Library.

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"...why, some say the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why — 35 years ago — why fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the Moon, we choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard..."

"Is there a rallying cry for the thinkers and doers of tomorrow? A motto that sums up their passion for creativity and their pursuit of discovery? Sure there is: 'Hook 'em Horns'. We're Texas. What starts here...changes the world."

  • University alumnus Walter Cronkite narrating the "What Starts Here Changes the World" campaign advertisement "Rallying Cry".

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Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American blues-influenced rock singer and occasional songwriter, remembered best for her powerful and distinctive voice. Though Joplin began attending the University in 1960, she never completed a degree.



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