The University of Arizona

LSST is complete and has left the building!

On Monday, May 18 at 7 a.m., the lab's hangar-like gates slid open and made way for the 27-foot mirror, tucked away inside a custom-made steel crate, suspended from a crane. Over the course of an hour, employees of the Phoenix-based company Precision Heavy Haul lowered the crate and mirror, with a combined weight of 56 tons, onto a flatbed trailer-truck that would haul the $20 million payload to a storage facility close to the Tucson airport in the wee hours of the next morning.  The mirror will remain in storage for the next two years while the facility in Chile is built.