Dr. Alex Shlanta Astronomical Observatory
College expands Observatory
Ridgecrest, CA – June 28, 2005
Dr. Shlanta, Astronomy Instructor for the class and developer of the Observatory at the College. Also pictured is Larry Galvin representing NAWCWD from the Range Department whom Shlanta worked with to obtain the radomes.
Two Askania radomes were delivered Tuesday to Cerro Coso Community
College through the efforts of Astronomy instructor Dr. Alex Shlanta. The
radomes were transported to the College by Boydston Construction, with the
transportation costs being picked up by the College's Fire Mountain
Foundation. The two additional radomes join the two radomes previously
obtained from the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.
These radomes were obtained as surplus property through an Educational Partnership Agreement Cerro Coso Community College has in place with the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) China Lake. "The radomes will be used to house astronomical telescopes and to expand the facilities at the College Astronomical Observatory," stated Alex Shlanta. Cerro Coso Community College offers an astronomy class with a hands on laboratory component that is tailored to student instruction and is unique among California Community Colleges.
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Joann Handeland, Director of Facilities Development and Services (760) 384-6230