FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—Turns out, one of the America's most storied telescopes runs on Firestones. Twenty-one of them, to be exact.
Vintage, of course.
In May, a Southern Tire Mart technician spent around four hours installing the 21 tires at the Lowell Observatory, a nonprofit research institution, as part of restoration of the iconic Clark Telescope at Lowell Observatory outside of Flagstaff. The tires are used to rotate the observatory dome for the 125-year-old telescope.
"We were honored to work with Lowell Observatory on this very special project. They are such an important part of this community and contribute so much to education and science," STM Flagstaff Manager Christian Martinez said. "Flagstaff is lucky to be home to the observatory that is credited with the discovery of Pluto, and we're so proud to be their tire guys."