Podcaster: Allen Versfeld
This podcast has been published at Urban Astronomer
Description: Welcome to Episode 24 of the Urban Astronomer Podcast. This episode features the keynote lecture from ScopeX 2017, delivered by Willie Koortz. Willie is an electronic technician working for the South African Astronomical Observatory, and is one of South African astronomy’s more interesting characters.
In his talk, he discusses South Africa’s role in the early days of the Space Age, looking at professional-amateur collaborative projects like Moonwatch, and how american tracking stations built in South Africa in the 1960’s started South Africa’s push into radio astronomy, with telescopes like HartRAO (built from decommissioned NASA tracking hardware) and MeerKAT continuing to contribute valuable scientific research.
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