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Astronomy's impact on our past and our future
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Astronomy and Alzheimer's

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For centuries, astronomy has helped us expand our knowledge of the worlds around us, but did you know that many astronomical findings have expanded our knowledge in many other areas of research, including medicine? Read on to discover how astronomy relates to more than the stars.

Did you know?


Many of the techniques in the field of medicine that are used to fight sickness and treat patients were originally developed by astronomers. For example, researchers are developing a simple method to screen for Alzheimer's disease on a wider scale by adapting the software used to process satellite pictures taken from space.

May 13, 1992:


American astronauts Pierre Thuot, Richard Hieb and Thomas Akers made history when they conducted the very first three-person spacewalk and set the record for the longest spacewalk at 8 hours and 29 minutes.

Let's get the facts straight

We've added fact sheets to our website that answer many questions related to our efforts to respect Hawaiian culture and protect Maunakea's natural resources and to integrate sustainability and address environmental concerns. You can also learn about the everyday benefits of astronomy. Visit our website to learn more and download our fact sheets.
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In case you missed it...

Several media outlets have featured TMT this week. Here's a collection of the most recent stories:
Before going up to Mauna Kea’s summit on Hawaii’s Big Island, Heather Kaluna makes an offering to Poliahu, the snow goddess of the mountain. She holds it sacred, as do other Native Hawaiians.

The mountain holds another important place in her life: Poised to be the first Native Hawaiian to get an astronomy doctorate from the University of Hawaii, she uses the mountain to gaze at the stars... Read the article here
What’s new in the TMT story is the willingness of the scientist/builders to hear and address local concerns. In connection with the Thirty Meter Telescope, "conversations are happening," says Michael Bolte, an astronomy professor at UC Santa Cruz and member of the TMT’s board of governors… Read the article here.
If the protests prompt Hawaii to pull its support for the state-of-the-art observatory after it was approved, what is the future of astronomy on Hawaii Island? Will there be a future for the science here at all? The answers to those questions come with profound impacts locally and globally... Read the article here.
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