Giant Magellan Telescope Groundbreaking Ceremony

GMT Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Giant Magellan Telescope Groundbreaking Ceremony took place on November 11, 2015 at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Distinguished guests participating in the ceremony were the President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, the US Ambassador to Chile Michael Hammer, the President of the University of Chile Ennio Vivaldi, and Chair of the GMTO Board Taft Armandroff.

Below is a small sample of images from the Ceremony. Click a photo to view it larger and/or download it from our gallery. There are many more great photos on our Google Photos Gallery. For image credit information please contact info@gmto.org.

Arrival in La Serena. L-R Miguel Roth, Mario Kreutzberger, Teresa Muchnick

Arrival in La Serena: L-R Miguel Roth, Mario Kreutzberger, Teresa Muchnick

Guests traveled in coaches from La Serena

Guests traveled in coaches from La Serena

Las Campanas Observatory

Las Campanas Observatory

L-R Nancy Levenson, Wendy Freedman, Rob Simcoe, John Mulchaey

L-R Nancy Levenson, Wendy Freedman, Rob Simcoe, John Mulchaey

Guests arrive after the drive from La Serena

Guests arrive after the drive from La Serena

The venue for the ceremony

The venue for the ceremony

Registration table prepared for guests

Registration table prepared for guests

Guests mingle before the ceremomy

Guests mingle before the ceremomy

Miguel Roth, GMTO Legal Representative in Chile, opens the ceremony

Miguel Roth, GMTO Legal Representative in Chile, opens the ceremony

Celebrity Don Francisco emcees the ceremony

Celebrity Don Francisco emcees the ceremony

Taft Armandroff, Chair of the GMTO Board of Directors

Taft Armandroff, Chair of the GMTO Board of Directors

Ennio Vivaldi, President of the University of Chile

Ennio Vivaldi, President of the University of Chile

Michael Hammer, US Ambassador to Chile

Michael Hammer, US Ambassador to Chile

President of Chile, Michele Bachelet

President of Chile, Michele Bachelet

President Bachelet speaks at the ceremony

President Bachelet speaks at the ceremony

President Bachelet rings the rock to complete the groundbreaking ceremony

President Bachelet rings the rock to complete the groundbreaking ceremony

L-R Timothy Kane, Ji Eun Yu, Michael Hammer, Michelle Bachelet, Ennio Vivaldi, Taft Armandroff, Miguel Roth, Mauricio Caldeloro. Photo credit: Alex Ibañez

L-R Timothy Kane, Ji Eun Yu, Michael Hammer, Michelle Bachelet, Ennio Vivaldi, Taft Armandroff, Miguel Roth, Mauricio Caldeloro. Photo credit: Alex Ibañez

The ceremonial stone

The ceremonial stone

Mario Kreutzberger AKA Don Francisco

Mario Kreutzberger AKA Don Francisco

Sunset at Las Campanas Observatory

Sunset at Las Campanas Observatory

Observing the southern sky after the ceremony

Observing the southern sky after the ceremony

Staff from Las Campanas Observatory show guests the southern sky

Staff from Las Campanas Observatory show guests the southern sky

Inside the dome of the 6.5 meter Baade telescope

Inside the dome of the 6.5 meter Baade telescope

The Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds over the twin Magellan telescopes

The Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds over the twin Magellan telescopes