News of the WeekGAMMA RAY ASTRONOMY

Array Plans Blocked by Indian Ritual Site

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Science  10 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5434, pp. 1650-1651
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5434.1650

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TUCSON, ARIZONA-- On 31 August the U.S. Forest Service rejected the Smithsonian Institution's request to build a $16.6 million gamma ray telescope array on national forest land near the base of Mount Hopkins south of here, citing the proximity of a Native American sweat lodge. The decision has left Native Americans jubilant and scientists struggling to find an alternative site to help maintain U.S. world leadership in gamma ray astronomy.