Class of 1957
Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Tom Rich, of Alamogordo, NM participated in Moonwatch while at Clackamas High School, Oregon. He said each scope covered a 15-degree area of the sky, and that they had enough viewing instruments to watch the entire night sky.
"When Sputnik went by," Rich said, "whoever had it in their telescopes knew the stars there and drew it on their map. At dusk, we saw it going over the far horizon. We did catch it at four consecutive revolutions around the Earth."
As the satellite moved between known stars, Rich said a stopwatch helped them calculate the satellite's speed. He and his fellow amateurs, from schools throughout the area, persevered in the "chilly nights" of northern Oregon in October. Their work earned them national attention: Life magazine published their pictures. They were recognized on Russian radio and were awarded a
free trip to a space symposium in San Francisco.
See the documentation for this information at http://blainewhipple.org/?p=1141
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