Project leaders for Hawaii telescope to consider future

HILO — Hawaii’s giant telescope construction project has been pushed back due to protests forcing project leaders to reconsider their options.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported Thursday that the Thirty Meter Telescope was scheduled to begin construction at the summit of Mauna Kea in July, but was pushed back until 2021.

Project leaders say a decision about the giant telescope’s future should be made soon before it becomes more difficult for project partners to justify money supplied each year.

Leaders say the six partners will have to choose between three options: building on Mauna Kea, building at a secondary location, or canceling the project.

Leaders say the partners help fund the telescope and are each responsible for constructing different parts proving problematic if one of them were to withdraw.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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