Aden Meinel, the founding director of Kitt Peak, predicted a bright but limited future for the national observatory in 1958. And the current generation of big space- and ground-based telescopes have proven him right.
Most of the telescopes operated by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), which runs Kitt Peak, are outside the continental United States. The NOAO's director, David Silva, won't promise that Kitt Peak will exist as a national observatory beyond the next decade.
That doesn't mean Kitt Peak will disappear in a decade. New uses are being found for its telescopes, and new instruments are being fabricated for them.
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