Save a NASA Mobile Observatory!

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The Center for Planetary Science , a 501.c.3 Non-Profit Organization, needs YOUR help to save and restore a rare NASA artifact! The Contraves Cinetheodolite Tracking System was used by NASA and the U.S. Air Force for rocketry experiments. Of the 32 built – only 2 have survived! This specific dome was stationed at Cape Canaveral and is now located on a farm, rusting away, in Central Florida.


The owner of this rare NASA artifact has offered The Center for Planetary Science the opportunity to restore it back to its original state. Our goal is to restore and convert this rare piece of history into a mobile observatory for astronomical research, including sharing it with local astronomy clubs, teachers, and science students.

For transparency purposes, here is our budget:

Purchase from Owner: $2,000
Sandblast, Paint and Prime: $500
Clean and Repaint Interior: $200
Red LED Lighting for Interior: $150
Custom Decals: $150
Transport to Observatory: $500

Please help us save and restore this rare NASA mobile observatory!

This project will be lead by Prof. Antonio Paris, Chief Scientist at the Center for Planetary Science , a Professor of Astronomy at St. Petersburg College ,  and the Director of Space Programs at MOSI  .