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Future Tense: Re: Search

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Credit: Ken MacLeod; Alicia Kubista / Andrij Borys Associates

It had been a long time since anyone in the circular, domed building at the top of the hill had looked at a screen connected to a remote telescope in Chile or Hawaii; longer still, since anyone other than an excited schoolchild had looked through any of the building's own telescopes. But it was still called an observatory, and within it astronomical discoveries were still being made.

"I've done it," said Nga. "Cracked it."


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