Happy Astronomy Day, October 13, 2018! We salute humankind’s long history of stargazing by checking in on what will be our planet’s largest telescope. Patrick McCarthy is an astronomer and a leader of the Giant Magellan Telescope project. He returns with a report on the instrument’s status, followed by a fascinating tour of the GMT facility. The MASCOT spacecraft has successfully completed its brief mission at asteroid Ryugu. Emily Lakdawalla provides an overview. And the space trivia contest has returned to What’s Up.
Mat Kaplan and Patrick McCarthy
Mat Kaplan interviews Patrick McCarthy about the Giant Magellan Telescope for a Planetary Radio episode.
Giant Magellan Telescope Actuator
The Giant Magellan Telescope engineering team with a prototype of one of the many actuators (seen in the foreground) that will orient the GMT's giant mirrors.
Mat Kaplan and David Schwartz
Mat Kaplan interviews David Schwartz at his workspace in the Giant Magellan Telescope office.
Mat Kaplan at the Giant Magellan Telescope office lobby