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Artist's impression of the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) on Cerro Armazones, a 3060-metre mountaintop in Chile's Atacama Desert.
Prior to initiating a multi-billion investment, an international astronomical organisation wishes to carry out an analysis on a telescope which could provide new knowledge on the universe’s origin and life on other planets.
The international astronomical organisation, Giant Magellan Telescope Organisation (GMTO), based in Pasadena, California, is in the process of developing a new giant telescope which, if all goes according to plan, should be ready to receive the first data from space in 2022.
GMTO wishes to develop a telescope which is based on seven passive mirrors, each measuring 8.4 metres in diameter. ESO’s E-ELT telescope will, on the other hand, have a single active mirror with a diameter of 39 metres, comprised of 800 8-sided facets, each with a diameter of 1.4 metres.
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