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March 2011
A combination of two renderings, showing the LSST Facility on the El Peñón summit.
Credit: 
LSST Project Office
January 2009
From Santiago it is a 50 minute flight to La Serena and a 1.5 hour drive to Cerro Pachón.
Credit: 
LSST Project Office / NOAO
December 2008
Victor Krabbendam looks at El Peñón Peak on Cerro Pachón where the LSST will be located. This view is from the hill for the atmospheric telescope and annotations have been added to the image to show where the hill will be cut and where the telescope on its concrete pier will eventually be located.
Credit: 
LSST Project Office
December 2008
The El Peñón summit, site for the LSST, viewed in silhouette at dusk.
Credit: 
C. Claver, LSST Project Office
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.
Credit: 
LSST Project Office
December 2008
This view of the full ridge of Cerro Pachón shows the site where the LSST is being constructed on El Peñón. Cerro Pachón is already home to the Gemini South 8-meter telescope and the SOAR 4.1-meter telescope.
Credit: 
C. Claver, NOAO / LSST
December 2008
A panoramic view of the Cerro Pachón ridge in northern Chile. El Peñón, a 8,800-foot (2,682-meter) mountain peak (foreground), is the site for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. SOAR and Gemini South can be seen in the background.
Credit: 
V. Krabbendam and C. Claver, NOAO / LSST
December 2008
LSST shares the Cerro Pachón ridge with the 8.1-m Gemini south (foreground) and 4.2-m SOAR telescopes.
Credit: 
LSST Project Office

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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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