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Making Super-Telescopes Requires Some Creative Engineering

Smithsonian Magazine October 2014 | The Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in Chile, could help scientists answer big questions about the universe.  On top of a flattened mountain in Chile's Atacama Desert, one of the world’s largest telescopes may help scientists answer the age-old question, “Is there life out there?” Currently under construction and on track to become operational early next decade, the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) has pushed scientists to innovate and create new technology in their quest to see the faintest and most distant objects in the universe. more>