Thursday, July 14, 2011

Clean up, clean up, everybody do your share

Recovery work continues after the mechanical problem earlier this month at Subaru Telescope - today's complement of people helping out with whatever they could included members of both day crews (heavy mechanical and electronics), the telescope engineering division, experts from Mitsubishi Electric (who built the Subaru Telescope), the instrument group, science operations group (Josh and me), and even our Public Information and Outreach staff!  It's great to see so many people lend a hand.

A second status report has been posted on the Subaru Telescope web site - lots of progress being made, and we look forward to being back on-sky soon!  The instruments that were affected most by the initial problem will need a little longer for thorough cleaning and fixing, of course.  The first thing we did today was load the Faint Object Camera and Spectrograph (FOCAS) into our special instrument-transporting truck, so it can go down to be examined.

Sky and Telescope magazine also has a good article about everything, although I hope to be back on-sky much sooner than they expect!

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