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National Science Foundation Begins Environmental Review Process
July 19th, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and to initiate Section 106 consultation for a potential NSF investment in the construction and operation of the Thirty Meter Telescope.

First TMT Primary Mirror Segment Assembly Successfully Manufactured and Built in India
May 9th, 2022 Engineering & Technology

India-TMT and industry partners Larsen and Toubro (L&T) successfully manufactured and assembled the first TMT Segment Support Assembly (SSA) in L&T Coimbatore facility. Hard work paid off and India-TMT successfully passed an Assembly Readiness Review a few weeks ago, presenting their first and recently assembled TMT SSA, including all separate compliant components, which are about 450 precision parts.

TMT Helps Students Reach for the Stars at Altadena Eliot Science Fest
May 2nd, 2022 Education & Outreach

As part of its ongoing outreach and educational activities, TMT participated in the annual Science Festival of Eliot Arts Magnet School on Saturday, April 23rd. The event provided a unique opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, robotics, health, and environmental activities taking place in Pasadena.

Robert P. Kirshner named TIO Executive Director; Edward C. Stone announces retirement from TIO
April 27th, 2022

Dr. Robert P. Kirshner, Chief Program Officer for Science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Clowes Professor of Science emeritus at Harvard University, has been named TIO Executive Director, effective May 15, 2022.

TMT Participates in Journey Through the Universe 2022 on Hawaiʻi Island
April 11th, 2022 Education & Outreach

Journey Through the Universe (Journey), one of the leading astronomy education and outreach programs on Hawaiʻi Island, recently brought together students and teachers with astronomers, engineers and STEM professionals.

TMT’s Wide-Field Optical Spectrometer Instrument Passes Conceptual Design Review
April 7th, 2022 Engineering & Technology

TMT’s Wide-Field Optical Spectrometer (WFOS), one of its three first-light instruments, successfully completed its Conceptual Design Review in February 2022. This review completed the conceptual design phase and ushered WFOS into its Preliminary Design Phase.

Meet the TMT Team: Interview with Rajalakshmi Narayanan and Chhaya Yadav
February 15th, 2022 Associate Project Manager Blog

Mrs Rajalakshmi Narayanan and Chhaya Yadav are both working on the TMT software team in India.

Update on TMT High Quality Optics Polishing at Coherent
January 19th, 2022 Engineering & Technology

The fabrication of TMT’s primary mirror segments at Coherent Inc. in California continues to progress well. To date, a total of 19 M1 polished roundels have been delivered to TMT’s secure warehouse facility for storage.

Audio Universe: Tour of the Solar System
December 9th, 2021 Associate Project Manager Blog

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most about working on TMT has been the opportunity to do educational outreach at local schools. For example, over the past few weeks I’ve been teaching astrobiology at an elementary school. So, I’m always on the lookout for interesting and novel education materials to help convey the excitement of astronomy to the next generation.

TMT Appoints Dr. Fengchuan Liu as Project Manager
November 22nd, 2021

Dr. Fengchuan Liu has been named project manager of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), where he will lead the observatory design and development. He most recently served as acting project manager and was also the deputy project manager from 2015 to 2020. He is currently based in Hilo on Hawaii Island.

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