Additional facts about Radar Hill
Excerpt from April 1964 issue of The Ohio Alumnus
From April 1964 issue of The Ohio Alumnus
A NASA GRANT FOR
Studying the Surface of the Moon
Ohio and Ohio State combine efforts to determine Apollo landing sites.
Two decades ago, when Flash Gordon, Captain Video and Tom Corbett were exploring the universe via means of comic books and television, little thought was given to scientific exploration. People laughed at stories of man exchanging business suit for space suit and roaring through the heavens in a space ship. Ridicule was most prevalent in reports that man would someday set foot on the Moon.
With the success of Russia’s Sputnik and United States’ Friendship 7 and others the race for outer space supremacy is in high gear. Skepticism has turned to admiration. Scientific study of the heavenly bodies, once considered fantasy, now has far-reaching effects that concern us all.
In July of this year Ohio University was awarded a $13,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in preparation to cooperate with Ohio State University in new lunar surface studies designed to provide information for the proposed Apollo project scheduled for the late sixties or early seventies.
The initial grant from NASA is being used for site preparation atop “Radar Hill,” approximately two miles from Athens. According to Dr. Richard H. McFarland, director of the Ohio project and associate professor in Electrical Engineering, between $50,000 to $100,000 worth of transmitter equipment will be used for the lunar surface study.
The front cover of this April issue of The Ohio Alumnus is an evening photograph of the thirty-foot-diameter parabolic “dish” constructed on “Radar Hill” two miles from Athens for the lunar surface study. According to Dr. Richard H. McFarland, project director and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, “Ohio University will be the transmitting partner in the new project using its dish antenna to bounce continuous 10,000 watt signals off the moon for reception by Ohio State University equipment. Following the movement of the moon with this tracking antenna, scientists can analyze the signals received from the moon and thereby judge the surface characteristics of various locations on the moon. This information is necessary in plotting possible landing sites on the lunar surface.” The Apollo moonshot research is one of nine programs currently underway in Electrical Engineering.