NASA astronomers have proved that 2 telescopes are better than one, by linking two Hawaiian 10-meter telescopes together to form the world?s most powerful optical system. The linked telescopes, which are called the Keck Interferometer, will eventually search for planets around nearby stars and help NASA develop missions to search for habitable, Earthlike planet outside of our solar system.
?Successfully combining the light from the two largest telescopes on Earth is a fabulous technical achievement for science,? said Dr. Anne Kinney, Director of NASA?s Astronomical Search for Origins program. ?This will open the possibility of obtaining images with much greater clarity than ever before possible.?