National Geographic : 1963 Jan
CAPT. H. K . BAISLEYAND M/ at least 25 times as large as ever before chart ed. Its 1,758 photographic plates disclosed new comets and asteroids, thousands of un known galactic "island universes," and bil lions of heavenly bodies as far as six sextil lion (six followed by 21 zeros) miles away. The Sky Survey, made with Palomar's 48 inch "Big Schmidt" telescopic camera, took seven long years, instead of the four origi- nally planned. It gave rise to certainly the most distant namesake of the Society-a baby planet, an asteroid that was named Geogra phos in recognition of our part in making possible this magnificent survey of space. Research in the upper atmosphere and the challenging void beyond has written one of the proudest chapters in the Society's research history. Long before space studies became . G. B. GILBERT l) N.G.S.