The construction crew on Cerro Pachón is making room for a shipment of 16 sections of steel track (embedded plates) which will sit on top of the lower enclosure pier and support the wheels that rotate the dome structure. The “lower enclosure” pier is the exterior pier (its excavation effort is almost done…see the trough in the accompanying image). The Telescope Mount Assembly (inner) pier is the one that just got poured during the recent all day/all night effort. The vertical rebar is the soon to be concrete cylinder which will go up almost 15 meters.
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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