Trouble at the top

Mauna Kea on Hawaii, is home to many telescopes including the twin 10m mirrors of the Keck Telescope. However, back at the start of 2003, the summit was in dispute as the Office of Hawaiian Affairs had sued both NASA and the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy. It seems that NASA have agreed to an environmental impact statement for the proposed extra mirrors that would extend the Keck telescope.

It is interesting that the environmental group KAHEA say that observatories generate "millions of dollars in revenues ... through renting out viewing time." Quick, let's all go into the astronomy business and make loads of money! They do have a serious point though as there are now quite a few telescopes and associated buildings near the summit which is sacred ground.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 24th Feb 2004 (04:08 UTC) | Permalink
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