The National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank turns 50 years old this year. In fact, November 17th, 50 years ago, is when the contract was signed that got the whole thing started. Coinciding with this anniversary, though, the National Science Foundation, which operates the NRAO has released a new report evaluating the cost-efficiency of several of its sites, including Green Bank. Site Director Richard Prestage talked with us about what it means.

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A small group of delegates to the National Youth Science Camp, going on right now in Pocahontas County, spent their Saturday night camped out at the 40-foot telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank. Sunday morning, operating on zero to three hours sleep, these dedicated 18-year-olds used their observations to come up with a theory about the rotation of our galaxy.

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