PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Statement from Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., president, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation:
As the science that reaches beyond the stars, astronomy captures our collective imagination. From the earliest voyagers who navigated by starlight to the innovators who developed the first telescope, astronomy inspires us.
These breakthroughs further our knowledge of the origins of the universe billions of years ago and help us understand our place within it today. The Thirty Meter Telescope will build upon these advances to enlighten future generations.
As a newly powerful optical telescope, TMT will enable astronomers to see further into our universe and reach back toward the beginning of time.
We at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation are proud to be working with world-renowned U.S. universities, including the University of Hawaii, University of California, and the California Institute of Technology; and with universities, research institutes and governments in Canada, China, India and Japan in this global, scientific endeavor.
TMT represents the pinnacle of human imagination and scientific innovation. Its discoveries will transcend political boundaries, unite international communities, and benefit all of humankind.
We are confident that there is a path forward that both respects the culture and beliefs of the people of Hawaii and enables scientific progress on behalf of people everywhere.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation believes in ideas that create enduring impact in the areas of environmental conservation, patient care and science. Intel co-founder Gordon and his wife Betty established the foundation to create positive change around the world and at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit us at moore.org or follow us @moorefound.