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Gemini Woos Australia to Replace Chile

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Science  08 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5327, pp. 758-759
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5327.758b

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Friction between Chile and the other partners in a U.S.-led consortium building twin, 8-meter telescopes in Hawaii and Chile is threatening to cause a cash-flow problem that could delay construction. Officials for the $184 million project, known as Gemini, are so concerned that they are negotiating with Australia to become a partner and pay the 5% share previously promised by Chile, where a 3-year legislative battle over the project's legal standing has so far blocked payment. They have given Chile until 1 September to pass an acceptable law and be reinstated as a partner.