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Watch and Listen as LSST's "First Stone" is Unveiled

The LSST First Stone is unveiled by (L-R) US Ambassador to Chile Michael A. Hammer, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, NSF Director France Cordova, and LSST Director Steven Kahn.

April 14, 2015 - LSST marks a major milestone today, with the traditional First Stone (Primera Piedra) ceremony taking place this afternoon on Cerro Pachón, Chile.  While site leveling has already begun, laying of the first stone is a Chilean tradition marking the construction start for a new astronomical observatory. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, U.S. Ambassador to Chile Michael A. Hammer, NSF Director France Córdova, and Charles Simonyi are among the dignitaries present to mark this start of summit construction.

Steve Kahn
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France Còrdova
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Michael Hammer
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Michelle Bachelet
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Read more:  NSF Press Release 15-036

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Image Credit: 
Gentileza Presidencia

LSST First Stone Image Gallery

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