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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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April 21, 2017 –  Fabrication of the Telescope Mount Assembly (TMA) continues in Spain.   The large steel structural components that make up the azimuth assembly are painted and undergoing installation on the Spanish pier.  A previous post explained the duplicate Spanish pier will be used to support the trial assembly and testing of the TMA prior to its demolition and subsequent reinstallation of the TMA on site in Chile. 

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).   

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