September 4, 2015
In April, AURA's construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope officially began with a ceremonial "Laying of the First Stone." The event was attended by many dignitaries and noted astronomers. In a speech given by the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, she noted, "We have also sought that international projects of this kind serve to project our science in international networks... This is a model that has worked and one to which we will continue to give priority, because we believe that working collectively, as AURA does, is the best way of doing science."
The original transcript is provided below, as well as an English translation.
Original Transcript of Bachelet Speech
English Translation of Bachelet Speech