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The proposed observatory that is generating mass protests on Mauna Kea seeks to focus on the big unknowns of the universe.
UPDATED: Opponents are still trying to stop the observatory from being built on Mauna Kea and the state is bracing for protests.
This is the latest complaint against the planned observatory, which is on the cusp of breaking ground atop Mauna Kea.
The project is about creating jobs, respecting and preserving culture, and exploring the universe.
They’re planning to meet with the president of a foundation established by Gordon and Betty Moore that pledged $250 million to the project.
Besides the contribution to scientific exploration, the TMT provides scholarships, encourages STEM education and diversifies the state’s economy.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the TMT Observatory Corp. should be urged to build the project in Spain.
The ruling prevents another contested case hearing, but a construction permit appeal is still pending before the court.
Opponents say a state appeals judge had a conflict of interest when she granted a permit for the project.
The giant telescope could still be moved to Spain, but the TMT board of governors prefers Mauna Kea.
The Blue Planet founder says one of the things that makes Mauna Kea a magical place are the telescopes that have furthered human knowledge.