Vera C. Rubin Observatory, as a Federal Government funded project, is operating in compliance with the
Presidential Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors.
The observatories planned for coming years will bring that total to 70%, making Chile a uniquely attractive destination for the world's astronomers.
The inherent features of Northern Chile, from the bone-dry desert, to the altitude, and the absence of rain and clouds, make the region the perfect platform for gazing at our universe --and beyond.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory 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 Rubin Observatory 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 Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) 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 Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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