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Press Releases: 2009

A collection of recent TMT press releases.

New Video Showcases Excitement and Promise of TMT


PASADENA, Calif — The search for Earth-like planets, the nature and distribution of dark matter, and the quest to image the first stars and galaxies are just some of the science challenges... more »

China Joins Thirty Meter Telescope Project


PASADENA, Calif. — The National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) has joined the Thirty Meter Telescope Project (TMT). As an Observer, China will participate... more »

TMT On the Air with Are We Alone?


The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is partnering with the SETI Institute's radio/podcast program Are We Alone? by underwriting a series of astronomy-related segments during the year. Learn more and... more »

Thirty Meter Telescope Selects Mauna Kea


PASADENA, Calif. — After careful evaluation and comparison between two outstanding candidate sites—Mauna Kea in Hawai‘i and Cerro Armazones in Chile—the board of directors of... more »

Le Télescope de Trente Mètres choisit le Mauna Kea


PASADENA, Calif. — Suite à des évaluations rigoureuses et à une comparaison finale entre deux sites candidats exceptionnels — Mauna Kea à Hawai‘i et... more »

El Telescopio de Treinta Metros selecciona Mauna Kea


PASADENA, Calif. — Después de una cuidadosa evaluación y comparación entre dos excelentes sitios candidatos — Mauna Kea en Hawai y Cerro Armazones en Chile —e... more »

TMT Draft Environmental Impact Statement Published: Potential benefits, stewardship and mitigation measures stressed


Hilo, HI — The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the proposed $1.2 billion Thirty Meter Telescope Project (TMT) will appear Saturday, May 23 in the Office of Environmental... more »

The Quest for Giant Telescopes: Four Centuries of Challenges and Scientific Discovery


Denver, Colo. — In the world of scientific research, bigger is often better. This is especially true for astronomy, where giant telescopes are the essential tools for studying the faintest... more »

Thirty Meter Telescope Presents Education Grant to Waiakea High School Robotics Program


First of Three Hawaii Island Education Grants Being Awarded by TMT more »

Thirty Meter Telescope Technology Milestone: First Component of Adaptive-optics System Passes Test with Flying Colors


PASADENA, Calif — The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) marked a major milestone on its way to becoming the world’s most advanced and capable optical telescope. A key part of the telescope... more »