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A collection of recent TMT press releases and articles featuring TMT.

Hawaii Board of Land & Natural Resources Hears Final Arguments in Conservation District Use Permit Contested Case


[Hilo, HI – Sep. 20, 2017] The process to secure a Conservation District Use Permit (CDUP) to build TMT on Maunakea continued in Hawaii, as the state land board – also known as the Board... more »

TMT releases semi-annual payment to the think fund in support of Hawaii island education


HILO, HAWAII – (September 18, 2017) – The Thirty Meter Telescope recently made the second-half of its $1 million annual payment to the THINK Fund, supporting educational opportunities for Hawaii... more »

First TMT Mirror Segment Installed for Testing


On September 7, 2017, a TMT Primary Segment Assembly (PSA), fitted with an aluminum mirror segment, was successfully installed into the Multi-Segment Integration & Test (MSIT) facility at the TMT... more »



Tomorrow’s extremely large optical-infrared telescopes, TMT and ELT, are enabled by segmented, primary mirrors and advanced multi-conjugate adaptive optics systems. Each primary, active mirror... more »

2017 08 24: Radio interferometer Projects to TMT with quest for Planet. Speaker: Dr. Masao Saito


Announcing the next talk about science and engineering related to the Thirty Meter Telescope - TMTS series (Thirty Minutes (for) Talking Science) Speaker: Dr. Masao Saito, TMT-J Telescope Group... more »

Grace Under Pressure: TMT’s Rotating Enclosure


As I write this, the final design for TMT’s enclosure—a huge, moveable dome that will house the telescope—is nearing completion. A substantial portion of the final design has... more »

Akamai Internship Program Schedules Annual Summer Internship Symposiums in Hilo and Waimea on Monday, August 7


Hilo, HI — The Akamai Workforce Initiative’s Internship Program will hold its Student Internship Symposiums on Hawaii Island in Hilo and Waimea on Monday, August 7. Hawaii college... more »

Hawaii Hearings Officer Recommends Issuance of a State Permit to Build TMT on Maunakea


After nearly five months of evidentiary hearings, a former state Judge has recommended a key state permit be issued to the University of Hawaii to allow construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on... more »

Statement Regarding Judge Riki Amano’s Recommendation


To follow is a joint statement from Henry Yang, Chair of the TMT International Observatory Board, and TIO Executive Director Ed Stone regarding Judge Riki Amano’s recommendation that the state Board... more »

Twenty-Nine Students Named To Akamai Summer Internship Program


The Akamai Workforce Initiative, a local program dedicated to advancing Hawai‘i college students into science and technology careers, has announced the latest class of students for its 2017... more »