Polishing of the first 8.1-meter blank was successfully completed in early January by REOSC in France. The test results are outstanding and meet or exceed all Gemini specifications for optical performance.
PPARC announced today that the first Director of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh will be Dr Adrian Russell.
REOSC Optique has just completed acceptance testing of the first Gemini primary mirror, with excellent results.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Gemini North Telescope Base Facility will take place on June 24, 1997 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo University Park.
On May 13, 1997, the GEMINI II telescope mirror blank, will leave Corning's Canton, N.Y. plant as it makes its way to the port of Ogdensburg for a transatlantic voyage to France for polishing.
The Gemini 8-meter Telescopes Project is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Fred Gillett as the Gemini Project Scientist.
Fifty-five blocks of low-expansion ULE[tm] glass were successfully fused together at Corning's Canton, New York facility today to form the second Gemini primary mirror blank.
Corning Incorporated has completed the first of two 8.1-meter primary mirror blanks for the Gemini Project telescope. The mirror blanks are manufactured by fusing hexagonal pieces of ULE zero-expansion glass in a high-temperature furnace.
Ground-breaking will take place October 6 for the northern telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, followed by an October 22 inauguration for construction of the southern telescope in Cerro Pachon, Chile.