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On Sunday October 6th, the Table Mountain Observatory was featured in a 60 Minutes special titled "Cosmic Roulette". Correspondent Anderson Cooper interviewed NEO-WISE Principle Investigator Amy Mainzer at Table Mountain utilizing the 0.6m and TM 24 as a backdrop. Click on the link below to watch the program.

Final cut of show is available on CBS website:

Transcript of show is available here (and text at bottom of this email): game-of-cosmic-roulette/

Short clips of interviews that did not make it into final cut are available on 60 Minutes Overtime.

Amy – infrared:

Don and Paul – vermin of the skies:

Ed Lui – looking at the moon:

American Museum of Natural History – what happened to the dinosaurs

Table Mountain Observatory (TMO) is JPL’s dedicated astronomical observing facility, located at an altitude of 7,500 feet in the Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood, CA.  Programs at TMO include high precision astrometric observations in support of NASA and international spacecraft mission navigation, confirmation and recovery of Near-Earth Objects (comets and asteroids) that pose a potential impact hazard to the Earth, physical characterization of spacecraft mission targets (planets, satellites, comets, and asteroids), astronomical research into studies of the solar system and beyond, and new technology testing for hardware developed at JPL.   Snow Covered TM12
TMF Arial   The TMO facility includes 0.6m and 0.4m astronomical telescopes available to JPL users in support of their mission, research, and technology tasks.  Each telescope is equipped with CCD cameras for imaging, photometry, and astrometric studies. Users may also supply their own  instruments for use on the telescopes.  Telescopes are scheduled quarterly and targets of opportunity can usually be accommodated on relatively short time scales.

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TMO is part of the Table Mountain Facility, a secure site located about 75 miles from JPL and 4 miles northwest of Wrightwood, off the Angeles Crest Highway.  In addition to optical astronomy, TMF supports numerous JPL programs in Earth atmospheric studies and new technology development and testing..  The TMF site includes bedrooms for overnight observers and a fully equipped kitchen for use by observers.

TMO is operated with JPL internal funds provided by the Science and Technology Management Council.