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Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. McNERNEY. I rise today to talk about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. This is an exciting, unique public-private science project that is being developed in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy's Office of Science, and with a number of small companies.

The idea behind the LSST is very simple: take pictures of the entire southern sky and measure everything that moves or changes brightness, and after 10 years of operation, the LSST will allow us to catalog billions of stars, galaxies, and other interstellar objects. This database will address the most pressing questions in astronomy and physics, from potentially hazardous asteroids to the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. The development of the LSST will push the boundaries of big science and computing.

I urge my colleagues to join me in recognizing the importance of public-private partnerships and their role in studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Support for these projects is critical.

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