First European ALMA antenna on its way to Chajnantor

The first European antenna for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) reaches new heights, seen here being transported to the observatory’s Array Operations Site (AOS). The 12-metre diameter antenna arrived at the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 metres above sea level, to join antennas from the other international ALMA partners, bringing the total number at the AOS to 16. Although this sounds like just another number, 16 is the number of antennas specified for ALMA to begin its first science observations, and is therefore an important milestone for the project.

Credit:

ESO/S. Stanghellini

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Id:eso1127c
Type:Photographic
Release date:28 July 2011, 14:00
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Name:Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
• X - ALMA

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