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Britain Joins the ESO Bandwagon

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Science  14 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5550, pp. 2262-2263
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5550.2262b

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The United Kingdom is finally joining the European Southern Observatory (ESO). The deal, announced last week and due to take effect on 1 July 2002, will give the U.K. astronomy community access to ESO's Very Large Telescope and a giant millimeter-wave radio observatory ESO is planning to build with the United States and Japan. But the pact comes at a price: a huge reduction in U.K. funding to the Anglo-Australian Observatory in Siding Spring, Australia.