Signing MOU

by George Zamora

Right: Signing the MOU: New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López, University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor Professor Alison Richard and Professor Malcolm Longair, head of the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND, U.K, July 27, 2004 – New Mexico Tech and the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory in the United Kingdom have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that is designed to strengthen collaborative research efforts between the two entities, with particular regard to the design, development, and operation of the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO).

New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López and Professor Malcolm Longair, Head of the Cavendish Laboratory, signed off today on the agreement during a morning ceremony held at the University of Cambridge.

The $50 million state-of-the-art astronomical research facility is scheduled to be completed by 2008, near the summit of the 10,800-foot Magdalena Mountains in south-central New Mexico, about 30 miles west of the New Mexico Tech campus in Socorro.

The design, development, and operation of the MRO are under the auspices of a multi-national university consortium, with New Mexico Tech as the lead institute. Additional members of the consortium include New Mexico State University, New Mexico Highlands University, University of Puerto Rico, and the 795-year-old University of Cambridge, as well as research partner Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Once constructed, the MRO will be the fourth highest observatory in the world, employing an array of optical and infrared telescopes to produce extremely detailed images of the far reaches of the universe.