Ground-breaking for LSST takes place in Chile


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The official launch of construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) took place today in Chile.

Today, collaborators from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Technológica (CONICYT) and several other international public-private partners will gather outside La Serena, Chile, for a traditional Chilean stone-laying ceremony to celebrate the construction launch of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).

They did the same kind of ceremony in Hawaii for the ground-breaking of the Thirty Meter Telescope, but things have gone very sour since. In Chile, however, I expect no problems. I wonder which local community has more sense.

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  • jburn

    I’ve had the opportunity to visit Chile and La Serena. Chileans are an amazing people and have a high regard for education and would embrace the opportunity for another telescope. Maybe we should acknowledge the “feelings” of the Hawaiians and re-open site selection for this telescope.

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