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Walter in May 2009 by Forrest Mims

Walter in the Lab

Walter teaching

Photographs by Ian McLennan

Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa from Haleakala. Photo by Walter Steiger

Photo by Michael West

Walt, Fred Whipple, and Kenneth Mees at the Mees home in Honolulu "probably in 1956 on one of Fred's visits to Hawaii," according to Walt. Whipple was the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Director. SAO was in charge of setting up 12 satellite tracking stations around the world to track the first orbiting artificial satellites during the IGY--International Geophysical Year, 1957-58. Mees developed special film emulsions at Eastman Kodak for use in astronomy, and he awarded UH funds to build the IGY satellite station on Haleakala. (Walt selected the site.) Photo is from Walt's collection via Walt Webb.

An early 1957 photo of the just completed office building and camera house of the satellite tracking station near the summit of Mt. Haleakala. Note the two rails, fore and aft, on which the split camera house roof slid back, allowing the satellite camera to take its images. Photo by Walt Steiger via Walt Webb.

Sketch of the fully completed station in 1958. From left to right, office building, water storage tank, station pickup truck, powerhouse platform with a special power line to the station, camera house with rails to slide the split roof in opposite directions. Sketch by Walt Webb (one of the first two observers to staff the station).

Sketch of the fully completed station in 1958. From left to right, office building, water storage tank, station pickup truck, powerhouse platform with a special power line to the station, camera house with rails to slide the split roof in opposite directions. Sketch by Walt Webb (one of the first two observers to staff the station).

A 2008 photo of the former satellite station surrounded by "Science City." The original office building (with an addition) is on the extreme left. In the center is the original but modified camera building. Tenants using the structures now include the University of Chicago and the Hawaii Amateur Astronomers. Photo by Rob Ratkowski via Walt Webb.

Walt standing in front of his UH Solar Observatory on Makapuu Point, Oahu, April 24, 1958. That day Walt gave me my first-ever live look at solar prominences in hydrogen alpha light. I was on leave from Maui, where two of us were photo-tracking the first satellites at the IGY station on Mt. Haleakala. Photo from slide by Walt Webb.

Walter in December 2007, by Forrest Mims

Richard Crowe (left), Walter Steiger (right) with David and Christine Reed (center), owners of "Basically Books" in Hilo. The event in 2002 was a booksigning to celebrate a new edition of E. H. Bryan's classic "Stars over Hawaii" which Richard had updated and to which Walter contributed an appendix entitled "Night and Day"

Walter in 2002, by Richard Crowe

Walter at a classroom visit to Laupahoehoe School in January 2007, by Hiroko Shinnaga

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