Construction begins on the Jicamarca Observatory site for the Scatter Radar antenna as staff families settle down in Peru.
Lima Peru Date:1963 Duration:6 min 45 sec Sound:Yes
Space research from the ground with a Scatter Radar. Scientists outside the Instituto Geofisico Del Peru, scientific research organization of the Peruvian government. A train on its way to the Institute's observatory. It travels through the Rimac Valley in the Andes, including Ticlio at nearly 16,000 feet. Llama graze and move about high up in the mountains. Huancayo (Wankayu) Village: Local Quechuan Indians trade in the weekly market. Shops in the street, street vendors with their goods. The Jicamarca Observatory, new National Bureau of Standards facility near Lima. Scientists work at scopes and other instruments. Aerial view of the Peruvian coastline. The valley 17 miles from Lima. Rocks on the arid coast. Green vegetable fields and broad flat plane in the arid valley. The site for the antenna. Bulldozers prepare the site for construction. A diversion dam constructed on the site. Gully in the valley floor. Peruvian workers lay wire to sound an alarm in case a mudflow should come. Men mark ground and align places for post holes, lay wood posts to support the antenna dipole. They assemble inserts, connect the antenna, and lay bricks. The workers collect their pay. Bureau of National Standards staff and their families in Chaclacayo community. The families gather with locals for a Anticuchos barbecue (Peruvian beef kabobs). The wives of the U.S. scientists shop for fruits and vegetables in the local market.
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