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    In Hawaii, Maui Council Opposes US Space Force Plan to Build New Telescopes on Haleakala Volcano

    In Hawaii, Maui Council Opposes US Space Force Plan to Build New Telescopes on Haleakala Volcano

    — Local officials on the Hawaiian island of Maui on Wednesday voted to oppose a U.S. proposal to build new telescopes on the summit of Haleakala volcano, the latest observatory project to meet objection in the islands.

    The U.S. Space and Force want to build a new facility on the top of Haleakala, Maui's highest peak, to track objects in space.

    The Maui County Council voted 9-0 to pass a resolution opposing the project. The measure said Haleakala's summit was a sacred place used for religious ceremony, prayer and connecting to ancestors.

    “Haleakala is more than just a mountain; the summit is considered wao akua, or ‘realm of the gods,' and continues to be a place of deep spirituality for Native Hawaiians to engage in some of these traditional practices,” the resolution said.

    It said that the Space Force hasn't finished cleaning up a 700-gallon (2,650-liter) diesel fuel spill at the site of one its existing Haleakala telescopes. The spill occurred last year when a pump that supplies fuel to a backup generator failed to shut off during a lightning storm.

    The proposed new facility is called AMOS STAR, which is an acronym for Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site Small Telescope Advanced Research. It would feature six telescopes enclosed in ground-mounted domes and one rooftop-mounted domed telescope.

    The county's resolution urged the military to heed community calls to cease their…

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