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The magnificent Chilean Andes viewed from the CCAT Observatory site

Riccardo Giovanelli (CCAT Project Director),
Eduardo Hardy (AUI Director in Chile), and
Rodrigo Pérez Mackenna (Minister of Lands in Chile)

A ring of gas and dust in the center of the Milky Way

Jeff Zivick (CCAT Project Manager),
Mr. Fred Young (Cornell Alumnus & CCAT benefactor), Dinah Lee Arnett (Public Affairs Section US Embassy to Chile), and Riccardo Giovanelli (CCAT Project Director)

Descending from the CCAT site at 18,000 feet

Dinah Lee Arnett (Public Affairs Section, US Embassy to Chile), Jeff Zivick (CCAT Project Manager), Riccardo Giovanelli (CCAT Project Director), Mr. Fred Young (Cornell alumnus and CCAT benefactor), and Eduardo Hardy (AUI Director in Chile)

M83 - also known as the Southern Pinwheel galaxy



Just as Nature is in a constant state of adaptation and evolution, CCAT too is entering a phase of adaptation forced by two recent events. First, the CCAT proposal to the NSF Mid-Scale Initiatives Program (MSIP) was not selected for funding. Following this event, the
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) announced it was
withdrawing from the CCAT Partnership.

Rather than allowing these two significant events to drive the future of CCAT, the Board of Directors has embarked on a two-pronged initiative to redefine the scope of CCAT and seek out new partners interested in submillimeter and millimeter astronomy. The one constant parameter of CCAT is its location. At 5600 meters in
the Chilean Atacama Desert, the transparency of the atmosphere is unique. The fact that CCAT, via its partner Associated
Universities Inc, is the owner of a concession providing for the use of this site for astronomy, gives CCAT a special quality that cannot be equaled through technological advancements.

Stay tuned as CCAT redefines itself and moves forward in its quest to pursue scientific discoveries of galaxy formation and evolution; star formation, protoplanetary disks, and Milky Way debris disks, and Kuiper belt objects. The goal of CCAT continues to be the creation of
a submillimeter telescope combining high sensitivity, a wide field of view, and a broad wavelength range to provide an unprecedented capability for deep, large area multicolor submillimeter surveys.

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Letters of interest received from MPIfR and NAOJ.

Letters of interest have been received from the Max-Planck-Institut fuer …

Review Meeting at Canadian Foundation for Innovation

A review meeting at the Canadian Foundation for Innovation took place on September 29…

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