n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - A night in the life of a SALT Operator : salt news

Volume 65, Issue 9_10
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Extracted from text ... mnassa vol 65 nos 9 & 10 146 salt news A night in the life of a SALT Operator Fred Marang Introduction (Editor) One of my favourite puns when showing a group of visitors around the Southern African Large Telescope, is to say that SALT is operated by "sosaties" (Afrikaans for kebabs). I clarify this by explaining about the excessive use of acronyms in SALT. To operate SALT requires two people, a SO (SALT Operator) and a SA (SALT Astronomer), hence SO-SA-ties. To get a glimpe into what it takes to make SALT work, I asked a SO ..

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