HONOLULU (AP) — A group building one of the world’s largest telescopes wants to start construction no later than April 2018— even if that means it will have to build the telescope somewhere other than Hawaii.
The Thirty Meter Telescope board decided last week to start identifying alternate sites in case the telescope can’t be built on Hawaii’s tallest mountain, where protesters invoking the sacredness of the land have blocked construction from progressing.
“We’ve made a major investment so far in getting ready for construction, and there are certainly some challenges still ahead within Hawaii so we feel we need an alternate site,” Executive Director Ed Stone said. “We need to develop an alternate site so that we have that as an option if we need it.”
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