Over the past several weeks, ALMA has continued to conduct PI science observations on a best-effort basis while the recovery of the Arrays has been ongoing. The first set of antenna relocations was completed on May 10, 2021, moving the 12-m Array into the C43-6 configuration. In addition, PI science using eight antennas on the 7-m Array began on May 18, 2021. The plan is to go through all remaining configurations (C43-7 to C43-10) by the end of Cycle 7, although for a shorter duration than originally planned for each configuration.
ALMA Cycle 7 Science Observations Status Update
Having the safety of the ALMA staff and that of the Array as top priorities, ALMA is aiming at a smooth transition to the start of the Cycle 8 2021 science observations on 1 October. Status updates will continue becoming available in the ALMA Science Portal on a regular basis.
The ALMA Regional Centers continue to provide support to all ALMA users. If you have any questions, comments or concerns related to your projects or the situation at ALMA, please contact the ALMA Helpdesk.