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Despite Mauna Kea pause, work continues on telescope project

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - It's not clear when construction of a giant telescope will resume near the summit of Mauna Kea, but work on the project continues elsewhere.

Many people oppose building the $1.4 billion telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians. Protests have led to the company building the telescope to agree to a construction moratorium.

Hawaii Tribune-Herald (http://ow.ly/NduH7 ) reported Wednesday TMT Observatory Board Member Michael Bolte says the project hasn't been canceled despite a halt in construction at Mauna Kea.

TMT says workers in India are fabricating the telescope mirror system. In China, there's work to design the telescope's fully articulated steering mirror system and develop its lager guide star system. The primary mirror and mirror-control system are in final design stages in California. Japan has produced glass mirror blanks.

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