Opposition Wants Keck's Proposed 6 Dome Outrigger Array Moved from Mauna Kea to Canariesh

Opposition Wants Keck's Proposed 6 Dome Outrigger Array Moved from Mauna Kea to Canariesh

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August 27th, 2004, 2:29 am #1



Some Big Island residents called on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration last night to put the Keck Outrigger Telescope Project in the Canary Islands off Africa instead of on Mauna Kea.
Others called for improved procedures on Mauna Kea, including former Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Mililani Trask, who called for better procedures for hazardous materials.
They spoke at a public meeting held by NASA to take comment on a draft environmental impact statement on the Outrigger project. Comments will be considered in revising the draft into a final form by December, NASA officials said.
The Outrigger project consists of at least four and possibly six relatively small telescopes in 35-foot-high domes next to the two existing Keck telescopes in 111-foot-high domes. The Outriggers would be built in the parking area around the two Kecks.
The environmental study says they should be separated from each other by at least 245 feet, so that when light gathered by them is combined with light gathered by the two Kecks, the equivalent of a telescope mirror 245 feet in diameter will be created. Each Keck alone has a 33-foot mirror.
The environmental study says an alternative site for the Outriggers would be the Spanish-owned Canary Islands. The Canary site would allow 82 percent of the clarity on Mauna Kea.
That was good enough for several speakers. "Send it to the Canary Islands," said Moanikeala Akaka, a former OHA trustee.
Observatories now pay $1 per year. Akaka called such payments "sinful."
Kaliko Kanaele of the Royal Order of Kamehameha said every location in the summit area is sacred. Any more digging there would be "desecration."
Amateur astronomer Tom Peek noted the environmental study's statement that the proposed site in the Canary Islands is not considered sacred by people there. Hawaii would lose 35 temporary jobs and eight long-term ones, but Peek called that a small price.
Former OHA trustee Trask focused on more than 20 hazardous materials spills, such as mercury, that have taken place during the decades observatories have been on the mountain. The environmental study should discuss that more, and better plans are needed for spills, she said.
Cory Harden of the Sierra Club called for a new management board for Mauna Kea, "chosen by the community."
http://starbulletin.com/2004/08/26/news/story9.html

Info on Outrigger
http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/Outrigg ... index.html
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November 27th, 2004, 7:19 pm #2

We are looking for objective insight into this project. Anyone interested in commenting?
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August 12th, 2005, 5:24 pm #3



Some Big Island residents called on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration last night to put the Keck Outrigger Telescope Project in the Canary Islands off Africa instead of on Mauna Kea.
Others called for improved procedures on Mauna Kea, including former Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Mililani Trask, who called for better procedures for hazardous materials.
They spoke at a public meeting held by NASA to take comment on a draft environmental impact statement on the Outrigger project. Comments will be considered in revising the draft into a final form by December, NASA officials said.
The Outrigger project consists of at least four and possibly six relatively small telescopes in 35-foot-high domes next to the two existing Keck telescopes in 111-foot-high domes. The Outriggers would be built in the parking area around the two Kecks.
The environmental study says they should be separated from each other by at least 245 feet, so that when light gathered by them is combined with light gathered by the two Kecks, the equivalent of a telescope mirror 245 feet in diameter will be created. Each Keck alone has a 33-foot mirror.
The environmental study says an alternative site for the Outriggers would be the Spanish-owned Canary Islands. The Canary site would allow 82 percent of the clarity on Mauna Kea.
That was good enough for several speakers. "Send it to the Canary Islands," said Moanikeala Akaka, a former OHA trustee.
Observatories now pay $1 per year. Akaka called such payments "sinful."
Kaliko Kanaele of the Royal Order of Kamehameha said every location in the summit area is sacred. Any more digging there would be "desecration."
Amateur astronomer Tom Peek noted the environmental study's statement that the proposed site in the Canary Islands is not considered sacred by people there. Hawaii would lose 35 temporary jobs and eight long-term ones, but Peek called that a small price.
Former OHA trustee Trask focused on more than 20 hazardous materials spills, such as mercury, that have taken place during the decades observatories have been on the mountain. The environmental study should discuss that more, and better plans are needed for spills, she said.
Cory Harden of the Sierra Club called for a new management board for Mauna Kea, "chosen by the community."
http://starbulletin.com/2004/08/26/news/story9.html

Info on Outrigger
http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/Outrigg ... index.html

NASA has approved the construction of six new small telescopes as part of the Outrigger Observatory on Mauna Kea.

In its decision, NASA states, “No alternate site matches the scientific capability of the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, which hosts the world’s two largest and most powerful telescopes. The W.M. Keck Observatory is found to offer the highest overall scientific potential, as well as the lowest technical and programmatic risk.”

Rising above 40 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere, the dry, cloud-free summit of Mauna Kea is used as a platform for the world’s largest observatory for optical, infrared, and submillimeter astronomy. There are currently 13 working telescopes near the summit of Mauna Kea, and four to six Outrigger telescopes are proposed.

NASA retains the option of taking the Outrigger telescopes project to an alternative site in the Canary Islands if, for any reason, the project is unable to proceed at Mauna Kea.

That reason might come from the courts as several lawsuits against the siting of the Outrigger Telescopes are pending.

The Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter, the Royal Order of Kamehameha and several other plaintiffs are challenging the state Board of Land and Natural Resources permit to construct and operate the telescopes.

In the eyes of many Hawaiians, human constructions on Mauna Kea’s summit constitute a desecration of their deeply held cultural and spiritual beliefs.

The Outrigger Telescopes Project is still being reviewed by the University of Hawaii (UH) Office of Mauna Kea Management, and requires UH approval before it can proceed
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February 12th, 2006, 5:22 am #4

NASA Runs Out of Cash For Mauna Kea Outrigger Telescope
NASA has cancelled funding plans for the controversial Outrigger telescope on top of Mauna Kea.

Native groups had opposed the telescopes as encroaching on public space. Nearly $20 million has already been spent on the telescopes.
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June 28th, 2006, 1:51 pm #5


NASA has pulled the plug on the huge Outrigger Telescope on Mauna Kea.
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HILO, Hawaii (AP) _ NASA has decided to yank further funding for the proposed Outrigger telescopes on Mauna Kea , making it a long shot that the project will ever be completed.

NASA has already spent 15 (m) million to 20 (m) million dollars on the project to build four to six smaller telescopes around the existing twin 33-foot telescopes on the mountain.

But it would cost another 25 (m) million to 50 (m) million to complete it.
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