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Mauna Kea telescope to stay on with NASA funding

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A NASA project to protect satellites in space is expected to extend the life of one of Mauna Kea's older telescopes.

University of Arizona Steward Observatory Assistant Director Richard Green told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald NASA would fund the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope through a Lockheed Martin scientific research branch.

Lockheed would partner with the University of Arizona for research. The University of Hawaii would own the telescope.

Negotiations are underway to finalize the deal.

The telescope has needed a new source of funding since the U.K. Science and Technology Facilities Council said it would stop paying for it.

The facility would have been decommissioned if no research institution was interested in funding it.

The telescope was built in the late 1970s.

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