The state Department of Land and Natural Resources recently renewed a construction permit to build the Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea.
Mauna Kea is well-established as the finest observing site in the world because of the altitude and stable atmosphere. TMT would be the most powerful telescope on Mauna Kea, with nine times the power of the largest existing telescopes.
This news is encouraging for the project supporters who make up a large majority of the population of Hawaii. They see the TMT as a scientific, economic and educational benefit for Hawaii, but the future of this project is still very uncertain.
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