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Tragic Fire Destroys Most of Australia's Mount Stromlo Observatory

January 21, 2003

Mount Stromlo Observatory, circa 1955

 Mount Stromlo Observatory, circa 1955 

Violent bush fires ravaging Canberra destroyed most of the facilities at the Stromlo Observatory. Fortunately there were no additional human injuries or casualties. More details on the loss of Gemini's Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrograph can be found at the links below.