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This Just In: New High-Altitude Photos of the Livingston Observatory
LIGO Participates In Educational Outreach Day!

This Just In: New High-Altitude Photos of the Livingston Observatory

- Contributed by Mark Coles

Full Shot At 14,500 Feet This has been an eventful year for the LIGO Livingston Observatory. Construction of the buildings was completed and we have moved into our new home. Five miles of Beam Tube were fabricated, installed and commissioned. All of the vacuum equipment has been installed, and by year end it too should be completely commissioned.

Hensel Phelps Construction Company recently provided us with some very nice aerial photos of the Livingston Observatory taken by Aero-Data Corporation of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I thought you might enjoy seeing them. Happy Holidays from the LIGO Livingston Observatory Staff.

This first picture at right shows the entire LIGO Livingston Observatory. It was taken at an altitude of 14,500 feet using a Zeiss RMK TOP 15 survey camera.

These next views were taken at an altitude of 1200 feet using a LINHOF Aero-Technika 4"x5" format film camera. These two shots are of the corner station:

Corner Station View 1 Corner Station View 2

Next, at left, a view from the west arm looking east toward the corner station. And then at right, a view along the south arm of the interferometer.

Along the West Arm Along the South Arm

LIGO Participates In Educational Outreach Day!

- Contributed by Mark Coles

The LIGO Livingston Observatory was a participant in the educational outreach day at the American Physical Society's Plasma Science Expo, held November 19 in New Orleans. LIGO staff members participating were Mark Coles, Jonathan Kern, and Bonnie Wascom.

Among the twenty-seven other participating organizations were MIT, the Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkely National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, UCLA and UC San Diego, along with LSU and other local organizations. Several thousand local school children visited the exhibition. Two photos of the LIGO exhibit and some of its visitors are below.

Kids Say, 'Leggo My LIGO!' Big Kids Like LIGO Too!
You can also view the posters with Microsoft's Power Point at ftp://ligo.caltech.edu/pub/Livingston/LIGOPosters/PosterR9.ppt. Suggestions for improvement are always appreciated!