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  • 15 Mar 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 2390 Stanford Ave Palo Alto, CA 94305
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Join Cornell alumni and friends to hike the Stanford Dish! This hike is about 4 miles and has beautiful views of the Bay Area. We will meet at the trailhead at 10 a.m.

About The Dish: 

"The Dish is a radio telescope in the Stanford foothills. The 150-foot-diameter (46 m) dish was built in 1961 by the Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International). The cost to construct the telescope was $4.5 million, which was funded by the United States Air Force, with the original purpose of studying the chemical composition of the atmosphere.

Later on, the Dish was used to communicate with satellites and spacecraft. With its unique bistatic range radio communications, where the transmitter and receiver are separate units, the powerful radar antenna was well-suited for communicating with spacecraft in regions where conventional radio signals may be disrupted.

At one point, the Dish transmitted signals to each of the Voyager craft that NASA dispatched into the outer reaches of the solar system. It has also been used to remotely recalibrate ailing satellites orbiting the Earth."


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2390 Stanford Ave

Palo Alto, CA 94305

Hike Difficulty: 

Moderate with some steep portions. 


Street parking is located nearby. Please arrive early because this is a popular hike and parking fills up quickly. 

Event proceeds go towards overhead costs and funding two Cornell endowed scholarships--the Ira B. Degenhardt Tradition Fellowship and the Peter E. Lee Tradition Fellowship. Learn more about the scholarships here. We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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