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Sydney Observatory in the early 1980s_the basement

April 3, 2013

The basement about 1982_facing south_Nick Lomb Looking south in Sydney Observatory’s basement in about late 1982. Photo Nick Lomb in July 1982, when Sydney Observatory came under the auspices of the Powerhouse Museum, it looked very different to what it does today.

Les reports that Curiosity Mars robotic probe to land on Mars in a crater named for a Sydney Astronomer – Walter F Gale

July 26, 2011

A view of the 154-km wide Gale Crater on Mars A view of the 154-km wide Gale Crater on Mars, the selected landing site for the Curiosity rover. It is a mosaic of images from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter. Note the five kilometre high mountain inside the crater - its resemblance to a map of Australia is uncanny and maybe it was that likeness that led the International Astronomical Union in 1991 to name this crater after an Australian astronomer.