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"I was agog," said Patrick Wiggins, NASA/JPL solar system ambassador to Utah. "It’s inspiring that someone with very modest means could put that together. It shows they’re very dedicated or a little loony or a bit of both."
Joking aside, Wiggins said the passion that Clements has for astronomy is infectious. Clements already is talking about finding a way to get the telescope — which Clements has named KH-12 after the series of spy satellites the mirror would have been part of — out to the Stansbury Park Observatory Complex for a star party, and take the telescope on a tour of the national parks to reach as many people as possible.
"This isn’t about me. This is about passion and about pursuing your dreams," he said. "Everyone has their own personal telescope — maybe it’s making an amazing wedding dress for your daughter. So you learn to sew and you make that dress. You don’t have to be a fancy person. Anyone can achieve their dreams."
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