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.