The images obtained from the astronomy test station at Dome C, 75° south and 3260 metres above sea level, were up to three times sharper and six times brighter than those from the best mid-latitude observatories, including those in Hawaii and Chile. On some nights, the images were almost as good as those from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Some astronomers would like to build a very large telescope at this site. Others would like to build a pair of infrared telescopes at the site and use them to search for planets.
Space is a very expensive place to do anything. Even a land-based telescope in Antarctica could be reached for a small fraction of the cost of a maintenance trip to Hubble. Buidling telescopes at this Antarctic site sounds like a great idea.
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