Quality Assurance Technician Brian Todd unveils the LSST secondary (M2) mirror substrate recently fused at Corning's Canton, NY, facility. After inspection and removal from the furnace, Corning will grind the 3.5-meter annulus and then return it to the oven for a controlled melt which helps define the final shape of the 100mm (3.9-inch) thick meniscus substrate. Delivery to the LSST Project is planned by the end of 2009.
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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