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TMT Segment Mount Undergoes Tests in the Netherlands
November 17th, 2022 Engineering & Technology

A few months ago, TMT Optical engineers traveled to the Netherlands to support the Dutch company TNO install a TMT Segment Support Assembly (SSA) onto an SSA Module Acceptance Test Tool (SMATT). This is an important step in the design and construction of the M1 optics system, a 492-segment primary mirror for the TMT. 

TMT Promotes Science at UCLA’s “Exploring Your Universe 2022”
November 16th, 2022 Education & Outreach

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) presented its first in-person Exploring Your Universe (EYU) science fair in three years on November 6, 2022. About 12,000 visitors of all ages and backgrounds came to UCLA from the greater LA community.

2022 AstroDay West Hawaiʻi
November 10th, 2022 Community Engagement

AstroDay 2022, led by the University of Hawai‘i’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA), is dedicated to sharing the amazing science of astronomy and the incredible discoveries made by telescopes throughout the state of Hawaiʻi. The IfA brought together the Maunakea Observatories and various other organizations for a fun filled day engaging ʻohana in Kailua-Kona.

MODHIS Completes First Phase of Conceptual Design Review
October 19th, 2022 Science & Astronomy

TMT’s Multi-Objective Diffraction-limited High-resolution Infrared Spectrograph (MODHIS), a first-light instrument, has successfully completed the first phase of its conceptual design. MODHIS will take advantage of the large collecting area and TMT’s unprecedented angular resolution to dramatically advance a broad range of science programs, such as the search and characterization of exoplanets, the study of the environment of supermassive...

Updates for TMT Telescope Structure and Utility Services
October 12th, 2022 Engineering & Technology

The teams working on TMT’s Segment Handling System (SHS) and utility system design received some good news following a series of critical review meetings earlier this spring. The TMT Telescope Structure Subsystem (STR) and Summit Facility (SUM) groups conducted the reviews and based on the outcome, the teams mays now proceed independently with the final design of their systems toward production preparation.

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.

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