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April 2011  •  Volume 4 Number 1

Kaboom! Life’s a Blast on Cerro Pachón

First Blast was a spectacular event as documented in these images. The white line in the upper image shows how much material must ultimately be removed to provide the platform for LSST. Image credit: M. Warner, F. Delgado, CTIO

Site leveling activities have begun on the El Peñón summit of Cerro Pachón in preparation for the LSST. “First Blast”, detonated on El Peñón on the morning of March 8th, broke up ~320 cubic meters of material; 13,000 cubic meters must ultimately be removed to provide the platform for LSST at the summit and another 6,000 cubic meters for calibration hill and road work. Approximately 55 blasts of similar size are necessary to remove all the remaining material.

A short film about First Blast was compiled by Emily Acosta and premiered at the April Board Meeting in La Serena. It can be viewed on YouTube or downloaded through links on the gallery. Webcams have been installed in two locations on the summit, one on El Peñón itself and another from the Gemini South telescope building. Both webcams are updated every minute and available from the LSST gallery. This site leveling activity is made possible by private funding to the LSST Corporation and will be completed in July, 2011.


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