March 4, 2021

The TMT asks permission to build in La Palma

Protests led by a group of Hawaiian natives have forced those responsible for the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna Kea Mountain, to oopt for the second option, the island of La Palma. This is indicated by El País in its digital edition, where it explains that the consortium that promotes the TMT has requested permission to be able to build the scientific facility on the island of La Palma, after the firm opposition with which the technicians have found to build it in the sacred Hawaiian mountain of Mauna Kea.

The same media notes that Rafael Rebolo, director of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), has confirmed that The TMT council presented on July 25 the application for a telescope construction license in Puntagorda. "The documents cannot be submitted until September and we estimate that at the end of that month they could have the license approved to build if they decide to do so," they have assured from the institute.

In recent weeks the protests in Hawaii had increased, also adding the rejection of public figures as Leonardo Dicaprio, Dwayne La Roca Johnson and singer Bruno Mars. But the most prominent has been actor Jason Momoa, who has actively participated in the protests, even painting on the skin "TMT + Canary Islands = Discovery".

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