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Astronomy

Engineers work with astronomers to operate telescopes

NPR
4 June 2010

The textbook image of an astronomer at work is someone in a lab coat on top of a freezing mountain peering into a telescope eyepiece. Except for the mountain, that image is a century out of date.

The huge telescopes on Earth today are laden with such complex instruments that only a handful of people -- engineers -- are trained to work them.

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