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December 1999
January 2000

The 1960s

Before NCAR and UCAR, there was the High Altitude Observatory. HAO was founded in 1940 as the Fremont Pass Station of the Harvard College Observatory. This observing post near the town of Climax, Colorado, housed the first coronagraph in the Western Hemisphere. The station was incorporated as HAO in 1946 and kept offices on the CU-Boulder campus for many years. HAO merged with NCAR upon its formation, and the corporation that governed HAO evolved into the present-day UCAR.

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