Hawaii hopes for more space projects

Long renown as a place for fun, Hawaii hopes to become a place for serious investment in space exploration with an agreement signed this week with the California-based NASA Ames Research Center.

The agreement to “investigate opportunities for collaboration” on space projects isn’t about either the state or NASA spending any money; it’s more about changing Hawaii’s reputation, Gov. Linda Lingle said.

Isolated Hawaii has long been known as one of the best spots on the globe for viewing deep into space through telescopes operated by astronomers from about a dozen countries atop Haleakela on Maui and Mauna Kea on the Big Island.

The two inactive volcanoes’ top observatories also provide an edge to astronomers at the University of Hawaii, who have access to those telescopes as well as the university’s own facilities at the summits.

More info:  Associated Press

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