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2019 in Review

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

2019 was an action-packed year for the LSST Project, with new milestones reached and more equipment arriving at the LSST summit facility on Cerro Pachón from all around the world. Here’s a review of some of the accomplishments LSST celebrated during the last twelve months: 

Primary/Tertiary Mirror (M1M3) Arrives on Cerro Pachón

Auxiliary Telescope hardware and software successfully integrated

Workshop kicks off process to select community brokers for LSST Alerts

Vertical Platform Lift completes load testing on the summit 

Secondary Mirror (M2) Coating Completed on Cerro Pachón

Primary/Tertiary Mirror (M1M3) Cell and Surrogate arrive on Summit


TMA arrives on Cerro Pachón 

Filter Exchange system completed in France and shipped to SLAC in California

Functioning Engineering Facility Database (EFD) on the summit, based on InFlux Database.


As 2019 draws to a close, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is almost finished installing the 21 science rafts in the LSST Camera cryostat--watch for news about this HUGE milestone in early 2019. Other activities in 2020 will include installation of of the TMA in the summit facility, coating of M1M3 in the Coating Chamber, additional progress in determining the LSST observing cadence; and much more. Visit lsst.org and follow LSST on social media for the latest updates!

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).
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