Texas A&M secured its position at astronomy’s cutting edge Thursday when a unanimous vote at the A&M Board of Regents meeting approved the final half of it’s $50 million commitment to fund the world’s largest telescope.
Set to see its first light in 2021, The Giant Magellan Telescope is an observatory projected to have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin are two of 11 international partners who hope to start construction in the Chilean desert before summer.
A&M’s recent commitment caps a funding drive begun largely by the efforts of the late George P. Mitchell, who donated close to $28 million towards A&M’s stake before he died in 2013.
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