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Mission & Vision

The Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory (TIO) seeks to advance scientific knowledge while fostering connection among the partner countries and their citizens, who represent over half the world’s population.

Our Vision

TIO ’s vision is to revolutionize our understanding of our universe while advancing programs that support astronomy and education in harmony with the culture and environment.

Our Mission

For tens of thousands of years humans have looked upward and created meaning from what they see in the sky, establishing the context in which they and their communities exist. As our tools for stellar exploration and communications grow and our knowledge of the universe evolves, the next level of questions that arise require facilities with even greater capabilities to gather the observations needed to answer them and a greater priority in sharing these discoveries with the world.