May 28, 2019
In this week's HI Now on Hawaii News Now segment, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center Navigator in Residence Kalepa Baybayan talks about why he supports astronomy. A science literacy advocate, he's a strong supporter of astronomy because of the cross-pollination of new ideas that lead to technology that will benefit society. And as a native Hawaiian, Baybayan says his support of science and astronomy enhances his belief system.

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The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) Project has been developed as collaboration among Caltech, the University of California (UC), the Association of Canadian Universities for Research in Astronomy (ACURA), and the national institutes of Japan, China, and India with the goal to design, develop, construct, and operate a thirty-meter class telescope and observatory on Maunakea in cooperation with the University of Hawaii (TMT Project). The TMT International Observatory LLC (TIO), a non-profit organization, was established in May 2014 to carry out the construction and operation phases of the TMT Project. The Members of TIO are Caltech, UC, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan, the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Department of Science and Technology of India, and the National Research Council (Canada); the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) is a TIO Associate. Major funding has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. 

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Sandra Dawson

TMT Manager, Hawaii Community Affairs