|This afternoon we'll visit the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, where a team of scientists and engineers is making giant, lightweight mirrors of unprecedented power for a new generation of optical and infrared telescopes.|
The Mirror Lab had its beginning in 1980; by 1985, with financial support from US Air Force, the National Science Foundation and the University of Arizona, the Lab moved to its current facility. The Lab has continued to grow and change. Powerful telescopes on Mt. Graham, Mt. Hopkins, Apache Point, Kitt Peak and other sites have mirrors with diameters ranging from 1.2 to 8.4 meters.
The Lab continues its impressive history of successful ground-breaking mirror castings. We'll explore the Lab, learn about the mirrors and how they're produced and ground, and actually observe the process.
We'll drive around the campus of the University of Arizona after we see the Mirror Lab. The campus is large, with a number of historical buildings, as well as many new and architecturally interesting sites.
The bus will return to the hotel about 5:00 PM.