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Rattlesnake Mountain Observatory Dismantled

Associated Press - July 6, 2009 1:45 PM ET

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - The telescope and other parts of the Rattlesnake Mountain Observatory that were used to search the night sky for more than 35 years have been dismantled and stored at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

Now scientists are looking for a new home for the observatory so it can continue to be used.

The Tri-City Herald reports they are looking for a new site near the Tri-Cities and hope to have the telescope back in service within a year.5.

Rattlesnake Mountain is on a portion of the Hanford Reach National Monument that's closed to the public.

The Department of Energy said the observatory had to be moved because it is clearing the mountain of manmade structures at the request of Indian tribes who consider it sacred.

Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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