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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.

TMT was at AstroDay in Kona
November 18th, 2021 Education & Outreach

TMT was pleased to join the Maunakea Observatories in celebrating AstroDay on November 14, 2021 at Kona Commons Shopping Center in Kona. AstroDay continues to be a leading community outreach program for the observatories. This time around, the AstroDay celebration event was back “in-person,” with its share of free, family-friendly astronomy activities.

US Extremely Large Telescope Program Supports Vision of Decadal Survey
November 5th, 2021 Astro2020 Decadal Survey

The decadal survey for astronomy and astrophysics is a powerful study that our community uses to drive strategy and vision for the next decade of federally funded transformative science. The 2020 report, Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s (Astro2020), was published by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine on 4 November 2021. We are honored that the community, via the decadal survey, has...

Astro2020 Decadal Survey Released
November 4th, 2021 Astro2020 Decadal Survey

Today, the National Academies released the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2020) with its recommendations for implementing a strategy and vision for the coming decade of U.S. Astronomy & Astrophysics frontier research.

TMT’s Statement on Astro2020 Decadal Survey
November 4th, 2021 Astro2020 Decadal Survey

Henry Yang, Board Chair, Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory, issued the following statement in response to today’s release of the Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s Decadal Survey:

TMT’s Secondary and Tertiary Mirrors Coating Facility Passes Conceptual Design Review
October 21st, 2021 Engineering & Technology

The coating chamber that will provide the required highly reflective thin and uniform coating to both TMT’s Secondary and Tertiary Mirrors (M2 and M3, respectively) recently passed its conceptual design review. The conceptual design and scope of the Secondary and Tertiary Mirrors Coating Facility (M2M3 COAT) was executed and developed by India TMT Coordination Centre (ITCC), via contract with Hind High Vacuum (HHV) headquartered in Bengaluru,...

TMT successfully passes a formal milestone review for the planning of its future operations
October 1st, 2021 Science & Astronomy

TMT recently achieved a major project milestone, with a review Board, mainly composed of external reviewers, concluding that its plans for Observatory Operations, Commissioning and Data-Management (OCDM) have reached sufficient maturity at this stage of the project design. Concretely, this positive preliminary review means that TMT’s operations plans are ready for the next rounds of Project reviews, which will assess not only operations but...

Production of the TMT M1 mirrors ramps up at Coherent Inc.
September 8th, 2021 Engineering & Technology

The successful production of TMT polished glass-ceramic (M1 roundels) is ramping up according to plan.

TMT Hilo and friends volunteering at the Hawaii Food Basket
September 7th, 2021 Community Engagement

TMT's family and friends helping at the Hilo Food Basket.

TMT Hilo office volunteers at several opportunities
August 13th, 2021 Community Engagement

Volunteering and working together is important at TMT. TMT would like to thank everyone for all the donations of activities and goodies for the keiki and families in need of help.

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