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It’s been too long since our last E-newsletter, and there is quite a lot of news to report in spite of our extended delay with the start of on-site construction.
As with the rest of the world, we’re closely monitoring the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation and our thoughts are with those affected by the virus. Using guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are taking measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees, collaborators and suppliers. For example, all TMT staff have been instructed to avoid all non-essential travels, and telecommuting options have been made available for employees who have been encouraged not to come to work due to potential exposure or are caring for a sick family member. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.
Reaching out to the TMT science community
The first piece of TMT news is that we are planning to hold in a near future a series of webinars to directly address the current situation with TMT. Virtual meetings will be organized at different times to enable participation across all time zones covered by the TIO partnership. We will review our current efforts in Hawaii and take the opportunity to update you on TMT’s alternate site in La Palma, Canary Islands. There will be ample time for discussion with the TMT project staff, science community representatives and TMT supporters in Hawaii and La Palma. More details regarding the webinar series to come very soon – please, stay tuned!
In order to best suit the content of these webinars to the need of the TMT science community, and understand what areas need to be particularly addressed, we would like to encourage all of you working in the astronomy domain to fill out a quick survey that you will receive in a separate email (it will take only five minutes to complete). Please, answer this survey within a 10-day period after receiving the email request.
The Multi-Segment Integration & Test (MSIT) facility at the TMT lab in Monrovia, California, is now fully populated with seven aluminum mirror segment prototypes. For more information, please check the TMT story.
The TMT International Observatory LLC (TIO), a non-profit organization, was established in May 2014 to carry out the construction and operation phases of the TMT Project. The Members of TIO are Caltech, the University of California, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Department of Science and Technology of India, and the National Research Council (Canada); the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a TIO Associate. Major funding has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.