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Telescope Open House Attracts Thousands

Between 3,000 and 5,000 persons yesterday attended an open house program for the University’s new 85-foot steerable radio telescope on Peach Mountain, 16 miles northwest of Ann Arbor.

Sheriff’s deputies reported trouble preventing traffic jams as drivers attempted to find parking space.

The open house was part of the dedication program for the 10-story-high telescope which is said to be the fourth largest and most sensitive of its kind in the world.

It was first put into operation at dedication ceremonies last Wednesday, attended by state and national officials and astronomers from throughout the nation.

The $270,000 instrument is capable of obtaining new detailed information on radiation from the sun and various planets, as well as tracking rockets traveling to the far reaches of outer space.