NSF Director visits AURA Observatory in Chile

On January 9 and 10, the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Subra Suresh visited NSF optical astronomy facilities in Northern Chile. The NSF group included Dr. Ed Seidel (head of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate) and Dr. Anne-Marie Schmoltner who is a program manager in the NSF International Science and Engineering Office.
After a briefing in La Serena, the group toured facilities on Cerro Tololo including the Blanco 4-m telescope (right) where the Dark Energy Camera is being prepared for its installation later this year.
The visit continued at Cerro Pachón with a walk around on the newly leveled site of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (left) ending the day with visits to SOAR and Gemini South.