June 2008

Preparing the laser launch telescope on top of Yepun. The laser beam, shining at a well-defined wavelength, makes the layer of sodium atoms that is present in Earth's atmosphere at an altitude of 90 kilometres glow. The laser is hosted in a dedicated laboratory under the platform of Yepun. A custom-made fibre carries the high power laser to the launch telescope.

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Credit:

ESO/H.H.Heyer

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