Thirty Meter Telescope officials insisted Monday that news of their Canary Islands building permit application does not mean they’re giving up on Hawaii.
TMT Executive Director Ed Stone said submitting the application is just another step in the project’s ongoing effort to secure a “Plan B” site on La Palma island if it becomes impossible to build on Mauna Kea.
“This process has been ongoing since 2016,” Stone said in a statement Monday. “Maunakea remains the preferred site for TMT.”
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