Chacaltaya contributed to man’s trip to the moon

ANF reports in Opinion:

A space observatory from that mountain would have made Bolivia participate in the Apollo 11 mission, according to scientific articles and the director of the planetarium.

The observations of “clouds of dust” of the lunar orbit that were made from the Chacaltaya mountain were part of the preliminary studies of space flights that contributed to the man’s trip to the moon in 1969 with the Apollo 11 mission, informed the director of the Planetarium Max Shreier, Martín Subieta.

“Bolivia was a participant in this adventure (of the arrival of man on the Moon),” said the Director of the Planetarium and announced that on celebrating 50 years of the space feat, more details will be offered in a program dedicated to citizenship that is will take place on July 19 at the Astronomical Complex located on the university campus of Cota Cota.

According to a report from the United States Geological Survey, in November 1964, astronomical observations were made from Chacaltaya in the search for dust clouds in the “libration of the Moon” region. When receiving the lunar surface the impacts of asteroids, it was believed that dust and rocks could be trapped in that region of stability of its orbit.

The Bolivian Journal of Physics No. 16 of April 2010 of the Physics career of the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), publishes the story of retired General José Antonio Zelaya, member of the National Academy of Sciences of Bolivia, who in 1964 worked as an Army major, and who details an international experiment referred to research on “clouds of libration in constellations opposed to the trajectory of the Moon.

“Added to this is a 2012 digital publication of the Foundation for Strategic Research in Bolivia (PIEB) in which Zelaya, geodesist geographer engineer, with a rank as general of the Army, affirms that “he was carrying out works (in Chacaltaya) for the purpose to locate rocks that might be in gravitational suspension (of the Moon)”.

These works allowed him to occupy the chair of Astronomy of the Academy of Sciences and over time he held the direction of the Institute of Physical Research (IIF) of the UMSA.

In 1951, the Chacaltaya Cosmic Physics Laboratory was created, since 1956, technology was installed to measure solar radiation at high altitude, so it was not only used for observations of cosmic radiation.

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