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Posted on: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thirty Meter Telescope atop summit of Big Island clears another hurdle


Associated Press

HONOLULU A proposal to build the world's largest telescope atop Mauna Kea has cleared another hurdle.

The body that manages land at the summit of the Big Island volcano on Wednesday recommended that the University of Hawaii at Hilo chancellor approve the Thirty Meter Telescope.

Office of Mauna Kea Management interim director Stephanie Nagata said the Mauna Kea Management Board unanimously voted to recommend the project.

The chancellor will decide whether to recommend the project to the University of Hawaii president, who will in turn make a recommendation to the school's Board of Regents.

If the telescope clears these hurdles, Thirty Meter Telescope managers will apply to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources for a permit.