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LSST’s mission is to build a well-understood system that provides a vast astronomical dataset for unprecedented discovery of the deep and dynamic universe.

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LSST received its federal construction start in August of 2014. This website supports the LSST Project Office in its construction of the facility.

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Bon Voyage (Buen Viaje) M1M3!

March 15, 2018 - LSST’s biggest mirror, the 8.4-meter Primary/Tertiary Mirror (M1M3), is officially on its way to Chile! Before dawn this morning, the vehicle carrying the mirror in its storage and transport container departed from the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab in Tucson, AZ.

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Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. 
 

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