India and China were contributing same amount of 10 per cent of the total expenditure, while the US, China and Japan is upwards of 20 per cent each.
India has planned to share Rs 760 crore for setting up a mega telescope to find answers of many underlying mysteries of the universe. The new telescope, known as Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), will be used by astronomers from all over the world.
According to report, it will be the world's most advanced ground-based observatory, to be located below the summit of Mauna Kea peak in Hawaii. If funds flow in time, the telescope may see the first light by 2021.
America, Canada, Japan, China and India are sharing the cost for this Rs 7,600 crore ($1.4 billion) project, which will be open to the international community. A member of Planning Commission informed that the plan to share the cost was approved in the 12th plan but the union cabinet is yet to approve the package.
Report claimed that the India and China were contributing same amount of 10 per cent of the total expenditure, while the US, China and Japan is upwards of 20 per cent each. The primary mirror at the core of the telescope is a gigantic 30 metres in size. Since it is difficult to make and transport a 30-mt single piece mirror, telescope designers split the mirror into 492 hexagonal segments, each 1.44 metres in size. Combined together, they will act as a 30-mt mirror for the telescope.