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DCT First Light Gala

M109 - A spiral barred galaxy . Discovery Channel Telescope First Light Image.

The DCT First Light Gala was a grand success!

After 10 years of planning and building, and $53 million invested, Lowell Observatory has completed the Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT). We celebrated First Light on July 21st with a gala featuring the images above and at right, speeches from dignitaries, and an unforgettable talk by special guest speaker, former astronaut and first human on the Moon, Mr. Neil Armstrong.

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Gala speaker images are at left from top to bottom: Master of Ceremonies Mr. Chuck Wendt, Sole Trustee William Lowell Putnam III, Director Emeritus Dr. Bob Millis, Director Jeff Hall, and Mr. Armstrong. Click thumbs to view full-sized photos. (Mr. John Hendricks and Mr. John Giovale, not pictured.)

We wish to thank the following for their sponsorship support of the First Light Gala.

Gala Sponsors

The Discovery Channel
M3 Engineering

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