LSST and the Government of Chile are working together to minimize the impact of construction on Cerro Pachón's thriving ecosystem. From the beginning of LSST’s relationship with Chile, the protection of threatened species – and in particular the relocation and replanting of flora in need of preservation – has been part of the site development plan. Today, within the on-site wild gardens, tens of endangered Sandillón cactus seedlings are thriving after being nurtured from seeds harvested prior to site leveling. The capture and relocation of vulnerable animal species also took place at that time, including this black-green tree iguana (Liolaamus nigrovirdis) shown here being held by a botanical specialist from the University of La Serena. The iguana was carefully banded and transported in a box (upper right) to a new location, then released safely away from LSST construction activities.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory 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 Rubin Observatory 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 the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) 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.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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