Friday, November 04, 2005

S. Africa to Launch Largest Telescope in So. Hemisphere

Ed Stoddard writes for Reuters:

South Africa will launch the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere next week and aims to put itself on the map as a destination for star-gazing tourists, the country's science minister said on Friday.

President Thabo Mbeki will formally initiate the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) on Thursday at an observatory near the town of Sutherland in the remote and arid Karoo region, famed for its big skies.


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