World largest Telescope “E-ELT” to boast 39-meter aperture, cost $1.24 billion

December 6, 2014 2:05 AM

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World largest Telescope “E-ELT” to boast 39-meter aperture, cost $1.24 billion

Construction has finally been approved today by the European Southern Observatory’s Council and will mean that by 2024 – humans will be the proud new owners of a telescope fittingly named “ European Extremely Large Telescope.” The Director General of the ESO noted in a statement that “The decision taken by Council means that the telescope can now be built,” and that “major industrial construction work for E-ELT is now funded and can proceed according to plan.”

This is a major step for the space community, specifically within the family of the European Union who has wanted to make this a reality since the project was approved for the first time back in June of 2012. While the approval will continue to come in phases, as the overall funding is achieved for ...

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