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Astronomy touted as a route to economic development

from Public Service Europe

Chilean astronomers have discovered a new galaxy cluster, and Chile continues to develop a solid reputation for world-class astrophysical research. Chilean scientists and engineers are starting to take part in the design and construction of telescopes, a trend that could boost other industries and the economy. During his visit to Chile, President Barack Obama commented on the Chilean presence in astronomy research, noting the relationship between Atacama observatories and those in Hawaii, as well as the ALMA array. On the other side of the Atlantic, a member of the European Parliament is touting the African bid for the Square Kilometer Array as a driver of socioeconomic development on the continent, and has introduced a declaration in the European Parliament supporting Africa-EU astronomy partnerships. more

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