Opening a Window of Discovery on the Dynamic Universe
  • This telescope will produce
    the deepest, widest, image of the Universe:

    • 27-ft (8.4-m) mirror, the width of a singles tennis court
    • 3200 megapixel camera
    • Each image the size of 40 full moons
    • 37 billion stars and galaxies
    • 10 year survey of the sky
    • 10 million alerts, 1000 pairs of exposures,
          15 Terabytes of data .. every night!
Sandrine Thomas in the interview seat

Sandrine Thomas, Project Scientist for LSST’s Telescope and Site Subsystem, took some time out from her busy work schedule last week to sit down with Alison Rose of Inigo Films for an extended on-camera interview. Interviews were also conducted with LSST Director Steve Kahn, LSST Deputy Director Beth Willman, and LSST Project Manager Victor Krabbendam.

Each of the four interviewees gave his or her own perspective on the rewards and challenges involved in leading a diverse, distributed team tasked with building a revolutionary telescope. The interviews were conducted as informal conversations, allowing for in-depth explorations of interesting topics.

Alison Rose was previously contracted for a multimedia project, featured in a recent blog post, documenting construction of LSST on Cerro Pachón, A short video featuring material obtained during this project can be seen here.

Footage from the interviews and Cerro Pachón construction will be included in a video about the LSST project produced for Asteroid Day Live, a 24-hour online broadcast on June 30, and will be archived for use in future LSST Education and Public Outreach materials.

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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). 

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