This week, the National Science Board recommended proceeding to the final design stage for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), a telescope with a 330-inch mirror to be located in Chile, which will survey over half of the sky. Penn State has been a member of the LSST project since 2005. "The data that LSST will gather during its ten years of operation will offer us an unprecedented view of the universe, and will allow us to investigate important questions ranging from charting unknown objects in our own solar system to the large-scale structure of the universe and the nature of dark energy and dark matter," said Lawrence Ramsey, a member of the LSST Board of Directors as well as a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics and an Eberly College of Science Distinguished Senior Scholar at Penn State. Among the many scientific programs enabled by the telescope are the identification of "Near Earth Asteroids," bodies whose orbits indicate that they could collide with the Earth. More information and links to images and videos are online at http://science.psu.edu/news-and-events/2012-news/LSST7-2012.