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Moonwatch team led by Larry Teague, front right
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection;
Woods, Jon
This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Photograph was edited for publication purposes; Used in the exhibit "Over Our Heads: Los Angeles Goes From Stargazing to Moon Landing"
Operation Moonwatch, also known as Project Moonwatch or simply Moonwatch, was an amateur science program initiated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) in 1956. The goal was to enlist the aid of amateur astronomers who would help professional scientists spot the first artificial satellites in space. Average citizens served on Moonwatch teams around the globe. Until professionally manned optical tracking stations came on-line in 1958, this network of amateur scientists played a critical role in providing crucial information regarding the world’s first satellites.
Photograph caption dated August 30, 1960 reads "Others are Jim Williams, rear left, Tom Walsh and Larry Howard."
1 photographic print : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm.
Valley Times Collection;
Young men
Artificial satellites--Tracking
Astronautics--United States
Observation (Educational method)
San Fernando Valley (Calif.)
Time Period

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