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National Radio Astronomy Observatory
520 Edgemont Road Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475
August 4, 2000
On August 25, 2000, we invite you to join in the celebration and help us open an exciting new window on the Universe. On that date, the National Science Foundation’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Associated Universities, Inc., will dedicate the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. The Green Bank Telescope (GBT) dedication ceremony will occur at 1:00 p.m. at the NRAO site in Green Bank, West Virginia.
A slate of media activities is planned, and will include a tour conducted on and inside the GBT itself, and a guided tour of the many historic telescopes at the site.
The dedication ceremony will feature remarks from Dr. Rita R. Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation, and a keynote address by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd (D. - W.Va.), whose support was critical for the construction of this new telescope. NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin is also scheduled to offer remarks.
Media representatives are invited to attend an 11:30 a.m. luncheon prior to the ceremony, along with NRAO staff and other guests. R.S.V.P.s for the luncheon will be appreciated. Please contact Ms. Shirley Curry, at 304-456-2240, or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A GBT media website, with maps, driving directions, fact sheets, and high-resolution images for download is available at: http://www.nrao.edu/news/gbtdedication.shtml. Press kits will be available on Monday, August 21. Please contact Rebecca Johnson to request one by overnight shipment. The kits will also be distributed at the event.
A limited number of seats on a bus traveling from Washington, DC to Green Bank and returning that evening will be available. Please contact Rebecca Johnson if you are interested.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.
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