Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute: An Untold History of Spacemen & Spies
For six decades western North Carolinians have asked the question: "What are those big satellite dishes doing behind that chain-linked fence?"
In the early years of the site near Rosman, NASA gave public tours of the antennas it used to track space satellites. When the defense department took over, the tours stopped. Signs were posted that read "Unauthorized Entry Prohibited" and armed guards patrolled the site. Wild myths took root. Underground tunnels held nuclear missiles. The site was a submarine base. A city built underground held captive space aliens. Then, suddenly, DoD departed. New owners dusted off the satellite dishes and pointed them into deepest space. Public tours at the new Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute were reestablished and programs were created for a brand new mission-- science education.
Now, local author Craig Gralley tells PARI's full story.
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