India’s space programme would receive a shot in the arm if the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), a planned astronomical observatory, is built here.
An artist’s impression of the TMT observatory. TMT
In December 2015, the Hawaii Supreme Court cancelled the permit for construction of the TMT forcing the board to look for other places.
And thus came up the name of Hanle.
The Indian Astronomical Observatory in Hanle. Wikimedia Commons
TOI reports that India is already building paraphernalia for the TMT such as edge sensors, actuators and system support and software.
If Hanle gets the green signal, India will invest $212 million in the project. For the last three years, India has been involved in the project through its own departments, and Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) and the IUCAA.