South Pole Telescope
South Pole, November 15, 2004
Official South Pole Telescope ground breaking
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Credit: SPT Chicago U
Official 10 Meter Telescope ground breaking: November 15, 2004 at 10:50 am at pad location in Antarctica
South Pole, Dec 2005 - Jan 2006
Building of the telescope base and control room
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Credit: SPT Chicago U
Unloading parts of the telescope foundation at the South Pole.
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Credit: SPT Chicago U
South Pole: The telescope foundation being built.
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Credit: SPT Chicago U
South Pole: The telescope base being constructed at the South Pole.
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Credit: SPT Chicago U
South Pole: The telescope base and control room being built.
South Pole, Feb 2007
First light for the South Pole Telescope!
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Credit: Photo by Kathryn Miknaitis
South Pole Telescope with the moon (at left).

First light achieved with the 10-m South Pole Telescope, February 16, 2007.

Last night the 10-meter South Pole Telescope with its camera operating at millimeter wavelengths and cooled to 1/4 degree above absolute zero achieved first light. Maps of Jupiter at wavelengths at 2 mm and 3 mm were obtained by scanning the telescope across the planet. These maps showed the telescope, camera and optics are working as designed. First light with the SPT is a major milestone for the project and is a fitting conclusion to a remarkably productive summer season for the South Pole Station. We now look forward to fully characterizing the instrument and beginning cosmological observations.

The efforts of a large team are responsible for the success of the SPT. The team includes members from nine academic institutions, the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs, the U.S Antarctic Program, General Dynamics/VertexRSI, and the Raytheon Polar Support Company. We are grateful for all their support.

We are extremely thankful for the excellent and professional help of the wonderful people at the NSF Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
 

Thank you,
the SPT team

South Pole Telescope Photos
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Credit: Photo by Steve Padin
Reflectors on the South Pole Telescope aglow at night during testing in Kilgore, Texas, summer
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Credit: Photo by Steve Padin
The South Pole Telescope after its test-build in Kilgore, Texas, during the summer of 2006
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Credit: Photo by Jeff McMahon
Iron worker Brian Hardin celebrates the successful installation of the South Pole Telescope dish.
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Credit: Photo by Kathryn Miknaitis
Members of the South Pole Telescope science team and assembly
support crew poses with their newly deployed instrument.
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Credit: John Kovac
The South Pole Telescope and collaboration group
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Credit: Photo by Ryan Keisler
The South Pole Telescope deployed at the South Pole
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