SOCORRO, N.M., updated Oct. 17, 2003 -- His Royal Highness The Prince Andrew, Duke of York, is scheduled to visit several research facilities on and near the New Mexico Tech campus on Monday, October 20. His itinerary for the day includes planting a tree during an inaugural ceremony at 11 a.m. atop the mountaintop site of the university's soon- to- be- constructed Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO), located 16 miles west of Socorro.
The Duke of York's daylong tour of New Mexico Tech research centers also will include viewing an explosives demonstration at 12:15 p.m. at a field testing site of the university.s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC), as well as a 2 p.m. walk-through tour of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.s Array Operations Center and a 3 p.m. departure walk across the Tech campus.
While at the MRO site, on a 10,700-foot ridge of the Magdalena Mountains, the Duke of York, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, also will have an opportunity to talk with a group of Native American students from the nearby Alamo Navajo Community.
The design, development, and operation of the MRO are under the auspices of a university research consortium, with New Mexico Tech as the lead institute. Additional members of the consortium include the United Kingdomâ€™s Cambridge University, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Highlands University, and the University of Puerto Rico, as well as research partner Los Alamos National Laboratory.