Once we are settled in a red pickup truck, my driver and I leave the airport behind and make our way through Chile's Atacama Desert toward an isolated peak known as Cerro Manqui. Two hours later, as the car hugs a curve of the winding road that summits the mountain, I welcome a familiar sight: sunlight bouncing off the silver shells of the twin Magellan telescopes, Baade and Clay. My heart beats a little faster. Starting tomorrow night, the Clay telescope is all mine.
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