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Giant donation for giant telescope

Astronomers at the UA have a new reason to celebrate the new year thanks to Richard F. Caris, who last month donated $20 million to the UA to aid in constructing the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will be one of the largest telescopes in the world.
Caris is the founder of Interface Inc., a company located in Scottsdale, Ariz., that produces load cell force measurement applications, which are typically used for construction sites. 

According to Thomas Fleming, a UA astronomer and senior lecturer in the department of astronomy, the UA has used parts called actuators from Interface Inc., which are crucial in supporting the mirrors in the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory.


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