Economic Impact

 A rendering of the Giant Magellan Telescope's final design once it is completed in the late 2020s. Steward Observatory's Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab is fabricating the primary mirrors for the telescope, located in Chile.Howard Lester, MMT Observatory

A study of the economic impact of space studies at the University of Arizona has shown that more than 900 individuals are employed in space studies at the university, and the total economic impact is $560M per year, comparable to a Super Bowl. The study can be found here, and a discussion of the results can be found here.