posted on May, 13 2010 @ 03:42 PM
Washington, D.C. At its annual May meeting, the Carnegie Institution for Science board of trustees enthusiastically endorsed the construction of the
proposed Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT). The GMT will be the first in the next generation of astronomical observatories that will drive new scientific
discoveries. The Carnegie board authorized President Richard A. Meserve to state the institution’s commitment of $59.2 million for the design,
construction, and commissioning of the telescope to supplement the $19.9 million that Carnegie has already committed to the project.
The GMT will be built at Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, and will be operated by a consortium of institutions from the United States,
South Korea, and Australia. Larger and more powerful than any previous optical telescope, it will have ten times the light-gathering power of current
ground-based telescopes, and will produce images 10 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope. The GMT will use the latest in Adaptive
Optics technology to remove blurring caused by the Earth’s atmosphere to produce images with unprecedented sensitivity and clarity.
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I can't wait for this to come about. I personally love space pictures, all of them and can only imagine the pictures this one will produce.
I'm gonna have a monster folder of amazing space pictures soon, I'm sure. Unfortunately this thing is gonna cost a lot, but I suppose there's a fee
to such tasks.