The Gemini Observatory consists of twin 8-meter reflecting telescopes, one on Hawaii's 14,000-foot Mauna Kea and the other at an elevation of 9,000 feet at a site called Cerro Pachon in the Chilean Andes. International partners in Gemini include the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Astronomers from each of these countries can apply for time on the telescopes regardless of institutional affiliation and time is awarded competitively and by peer review, but is apportioned according to each country's contribution to the partnership. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) funds almost half of the Gemini project and acts as the executive agency for the international partnership. Each partner country contributes significant scientific, technical and financial support. The Gemini Observatory Project is managed by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA), a non-profit consortium of 29 U.S. institutions and five international affiliates.
Adapted from Gemini web site