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A remote Russian observatory housing what was once the world's largest mirrored telescope has become the setting for an art installation that explores the near-infinite reaches of both outer space and the human imagination.Operational since the 1970s, the observatory and the village that houses its staff offered some of the best conditions in the Soviet Union. Young people leave Nizhny Arkhyz for better opportunities outside the Caucasus village some 1370 km south of Moscow, where the observatory is located, and it is harder to recruit and retain talented scientists.Alexander Moskavin, 31, a specialist in gamma bursts who plays drums in the observatory's rock band, is part of a new generation of Russian astrophysicists. He thinks art and science have much in common.
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