Letter from the MROI Director


We live in difficult times, and like all too many others, the restrictions that have been imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have had a considerable effect on the project and on Magdalena Ridge Observatory. In our case, we have received a double whammy because we had also learned that the final Option of the incremental funding from AFRL for fiscal year 2020 was not funded. However, we do anticipate that we will be funded later this year contingent on the congressional budget. In the meantime, New Mexico Tech will be requesting a no-cost extension.

A fortunate outcome of the current situation is that the squeeze on our funding has coincided with a “work from home” instruction so that, of necessity, project activities at the Observatory have slowed to a trickle.

An unfortunate outcome of the current situation is that, because of the COVID-19 restrictions, we will not be able to welcome visitors and all tours have to be postponed until it is safe to do so and life has returned to a new normal.

In the meantime, please download our new desktop wallpapers and, now that so many of us must stay at home and surf the video channels, I hope that you will take the time to enjoy our videos on YouTube.

The wallpapers are at http://www.mro.nmt.edu/multimedia/wallpaper/

Our YouTube is at MRO YouTube channel


Ifan Payne