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December 2008
The LSST Summit Facility will be located on the Cerro Pachón ridge in north-central Chilé. The entire Cerro Pachón area, including the proposed LSST site and the existing Gemini-south and SOAR telescopes, is within a tract of land owned by AURA Inc. The telescope sites are inland and approximately 100 km by road from the support town of La Serena, proposed location of the LSST Base Facility.
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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).
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 LSST in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   




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