Five-ton spectrometer can see through cosmic dust to the most distant and faintest galaxies, letting scientists study the large-scale structure of the universe.

    Mosfire would have taken twice as much money to make had it not been built from scratch by McLean and his team, along with industrial subcontractors, UCLA said. Most of the device's mechanical parts were built at UCLA and Caltech, and the computer programming was led by UCLA. The optics were designed by a U.C. Santa Cruz astronomy and astrophysics professor.

That is awesome.

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