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Gemini News Korea Becomes a Full Participant in Gemini On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, the Republic of Korea became a full Participant in the Gemini Observatory. The press release follows. For more images from the signing event see the electronic press release. San Francisco, Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - An agreement between the Korea As- tronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) and the agencies that own and operate the International Gemini Ob- servatory was signed today that estab- lished the Republic of Korea as a full Participant in the Gemini Observatory. “After being a part of Gemini for the past four years as a Limited-term Col- laborator, the Korean astronomical community is thrilled to become a full Participant in the twin Gemini tele- scopes in Hawai‘i and Chile,” said Narae Hwang, Head of K-GMT Science Group, Center for Large Telescopes of KASI. “We look forward to years of fruitful exploration of the cos- mos with the powerful 8-meter Gemini telescopes!” The signing ceremony closed the second day of The Science and Evolution of Gemini Obser- vatory meeting being held this week in San Francisco, California. Over 100 scientists — many from the partner communities in the US, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and now Korea — are participating in the meeting, and most attended the signing ceremony. The ceremony ended with cheers, toasts, and much anticipation of the partnership’s future potential. The Republic of Korea flag is raised at Gemini Base Facility in Hilo, Hawai`i. Credit: Joy Pollard “I am confident that the KASI’s partnership with the Gemini Observatory will help Korean re- searchers to lead the exciting adventures to solve the mysteries of the Universe,” said Hyung July 2018 GeminiFocus 3