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Rendering TMT baseline design for the Telescope Structure Subsystem (STR)

May 13th, 2021

Credit: National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)

TMT STR serves as the skeleton and muscles of the telescope and thus interfaces with various instrumentation, optics, and controls subsystems. TMT STR will hold the TMT's optics and smoothly tracks celestial targets as they move across the sky. For perspective, the telescope is ~55m (180 feet) wide and ~50m (160 feet) tall.