WHERE IN THE WORLD?
You may never travel in a spacecraft, but you can visit one of the many professional observatories and space centers on Earth.
Many of the world's largest observatories and space centers provide tours, brochures, and programs for the public. Space centers tend to be located in major cities, but functioning optical and radio observatories will be found in more remote regions, well away from city light pollution and radio noise. Old observatories in urban areas, such as the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London, are often kept as museums and are well worth a visit.
World Observatories and Space Centers
- W. M. Keck Observatory, Hawaii
- Lick Observatory, California
- Jet Propulsion Lab, California
- Mt Wilson Observatory, California
- Palomar Observatory, California
- Kitt Peak Observatory and
Mt Hopkins Observatory, Arizona
- Very Large Array, New Mexico
- McDonald Observatory, Texas
- Johnson Space Center, Texas
- Yerkes Observatory, Wisconsin
- Goddard Space Center, Maryland
- Kennedy Space Center, Florida
- Arecibo Telescope, Puerto Rico
- European Space Agency launch site,
- European Southern Obs., Chile
- Cerro Tololo Observatory, Chile
- La Palma Observatory, Canary Is.
- Jodrell Bank, England
- Royal Greenwich Obs., England
- European Space Agency, France
- Effelsberg Telescope, Germany
- European Space Operations Centre
- Bolshoi Telescope, Russia
- Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
- Kagoshima Space Center, Japan
- Anglo-Australian Observatory
- Australia Telescope