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The USS Constellation constructed in 1854 is a sloop-of-war and the second United States Navy ship to carry this famous name. Her keel was laid on 25 June 1853, in Gosport Navy Yard in Norfolk, Virginia.
Contributed by Kevin.
The Haystack Observatory contains a 120 foot steerable radio dish, was built in 1963, is operated by the US Air Force and MIT, and is used for space surveillance and debris tracking.
The Big Bear Solar Observatory has a 30′ dome, is used only during the day to observe the sun and is operated by National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, the Air Force, and the US Navy.
Heyeden Observatory, at Georgetown University, has a 12-inch equatorial telescope used to gather data on variable stars.
The Gaithersburg Latitude Observatory was used from 1899 to 1982 to document variations in the earth’s axis.
Griffith Observatory was built in 1935, is owned by the City of Los Angeles and contains a twelve-inch Zeiss telescope and a coelostat.
The US Naval Observatory contains a 26-inch refracting telescope, was built in 1873, and was used to discover the moons of Mars. It is on the grounds of the Vice President’s residence which probably explains the censoring of the images.
The Cincinnati Observatory was built by Cincinnati College in 1840s and is the oldest proffesional telescope in the US.
These telescopes at UCLA contain 14, 16 and 24-inch telescopes. Note the small planetarium on the roof of the building a short distance to the southwest.
Contributed by Kevin and AlbinoFlea.
Seen here docked in Baltimore, MD, the USNS Comfort is one of two Navy hospital ships. USNS means United States Naval Ship - a designation used for navy ships crewed by civilians. The Comfort began life as an oil tanker in 1976, before being converted to a Navy hospital ship in 1987. She is capable of carrying up to 1000 hospital beds in times of need.In the days following September 11th 2001, the Comfort docked at Pier 92 in Manhattan to provide support for rescue workers. She later served as a floating trauma center in Operation Iraqi Freedom, conducting more than 800 helicopter deck landings to bring aboard patients and cargo. Most recently, the Comfort assisted overcrowded hospitals on the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, providing medical treatment to over 1500 people.
Contributed by Rod.
The following is a quick tour of the Dundalk terminal at the Port of Baltimore. This terminal handles RoRo vehicle carriers, with thousands of interesting vehicles just sitting around doing nothing - a Bird’s Eye Tourist’s dream! Each of the following links leads to a different view.
First and foremost, the terminal has a nice collection of brand new cars and trucks. A little exploring reveals several hundred new tractors, here and here, and other farming vehicles such as combine harvesters. If cars and tractors aren’t your thing, how about a brand new excavator or bulldozer? I don’t know what these are, but they come in your choice of red, blue or black. And finally, no collection of interesting vehicles would be complete without 45 brand new school buses!
Contributed by Rod.
These murals were all done by Robert Wyland who has a goal to complete 100 of these murals around the world.
More after the break…