Keck Week Video #18: Census of Discovery and the Future of Keck Observatory – Dr. Taft Armandroff

March 16, 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the very first science observations made by the Keck I telescope on Mauna Kea. That event also represented the beginning of a stream of amazing discoveries from Keck Observatory that has indelibly shaped our understanding of the Universe.

Armed with the revolutionary concept of building a large mirror out of small pieces, Jerry Nelson designed what have remained the two biggest visible light-gathering surfaces on Earth, known as the Keck I and Keck II telescopes.

Since first light, unsurpassed instrument development, the implementation of adaptive optics, and the strongest group of philanthropic support known to astronomy has created an incredibly virtuous circle ensuring Keck Observatory is home of the two most scientifically productive telescopes on Earth.

It is with great pride that I am able to share these Keck Week talks with you and in my closing remarks, captured in this final installment of the Keck Cosmic Summer School series, I am pleased and excited to share with you our plans for keeping this wonderful momentum with us in the future.

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