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Latest Poll Shows 2-1 Margin in Support of TMT on Maunakea
May 28th, 2020 Education & Outreach

The results of a new scientific poll show Hawaii residents continue to support the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The public opinion poll conducted in March 2020 by Ward Research, Inc. shows that 61 percent of Hawaii residents support moving ahead with construction of TMT, with 32 percent opposed.

TMT Donates Masks to the Friends of the Children's Justice Center of East Hawaii
May 20th, 2020 Education & Outreach

Helping to mitigate the shortage of protective equipment across the island, TMT staff in Hilo recently sewed and donated 75 reusable cloth face masks to The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii.

TMT Sponsors $50,000 for Online STEM Learning Program in Hawaii
May 14th, 2020 Education & Outreach

Unfortunately, thousands of students across Hawaii will be out of school for the next several months due to the coronavirus crisis. With parents taking on a larger teaching role to make sure their kids continue to learn and grow while sequestered at home, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Hilo-based Hawaii Science and Technology Museum to fund its innovative online STEM learning program.

TMT’s M1 Metrology Frame in Production
April 29th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

The first TMT primary mirror (M1) metrology frame has been built and delivered to TMT’s technical laboratory near Pasadena. TMT will use the metrology frames, which are auxiliary equipment tools, to accurately locate the M1 mirror segments during installation.

Scientists Attend First TMT-GMT Joint Science Advisory Committee Meeting
April 28th, 2020 Science & Astronomy

Scientists recently attended the first joint TMT-GMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held virtually to ensure the safety of all its members. The meeting was of historical importance, as it was the first of its kind to be commonly organized with the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) Science Advisory Committee.

TMT Telescope Enclosure Ready for Production
April 23rd, 2020 Engineering & Technology

TMT’s Enclosure System has achieved its final design milestone, successfully passing a series of Production Readiness Reviews (PRR) in March 2020.

The Food Basket Receives $100,000 Donation From TMT To Meet Growing Demand For Food Assistance On Hawaii Island
April 21st, 2020 Education & Outreach

* Donation Made in Memory of Barry Taniguchi * The Food Basket, Hawaii Island’s food bank, has received a $100,000 donation from the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to meet the growing demand for food assistance on the island in the wake of COVID-19. The funding will be used to support The Food Basket’s existing programs, including Ohana Drops, the Kupuna Pantry and Da Box Program.

Testing of TMT’s Primary Mirror Segment in Progress
March 23rd, 2020 Engineering & Technology

The first of TMT’s Primary Mirror (M1) segment prototypes was recently tested and polished using the Ion Beam Figuring (IBF) process.

TMT Reaches Major Milestone with Completion of Fully Populated Mirror Segment Prototypes at the Multi-Segment Integration & Test Facility (MSIT)
March 6th, 2020 Engineering & Technology

The Multi-Segment Integration & Test (MSIT) facility at the TMT lab in Monrovia, California, is now fully populated with seven aluminum mirror segment prototypes.

TMT Scientific Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting of the New Decade in Pasadena
February 21st, 2020 Science & Astronomy

TMT Science Advisory Committee (SAC) members and project office staff recently met at the Project Office in Pasadena.

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