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Developer still aiming for completion of Mauna Kea telescope in 2024 despite setbacks


HILO, Hawaii — Despite legal challenges and a halt in construction, TMT International Observatory says it still expects the Thirty Meter Telescope to be ready in 2024.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (http://goo.gl/9LvkAr ) that TMT board member Michael Bolte says design and production of telescope parts and structures have continued in the six months since protests halted land clearing at the construction site.

Bolte says partners in Canada, China, India and Japan as well as the California Institute of Technology and the University of California are working on project parts in preparation for construction resuming, though it's unclear when that will be.

The Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the project's land use permit. Bolte says the TMT board would probably continue to pursue the project even if the challenge is upheld.

This story has been corrected to say Thirty Meter Telescope, not Thirty Mile

Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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