Terra Mater: The Eyes of the Atacama Premieres in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

New ALMA documentary at 20:15 on 28 November 2012 on Servus TV

27 November 2012

The Eyes of the Atacama, an exciting and lavishly produced new documentary about ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) will have its German-language premiere at 20:15 CET on 28 November 2012 on the Servus TV television station, broadcast in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. The film was produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios, Vienna — it is the latest episode of the science, nature, and history series Terra Mater. An English-language version of the documentary is also in production, and will be available in the first half of 2013.

The 53-minute documentary, by Annette and Klaus Scheurich of Marco Polo Film — one of Germany’s leading nature film companies — brings to life the adventure of astronomical research and highlights just how important state-of-the-art telescopes such as ALMA are for the future of scientific discovery. Shot in high definition, the programme combines large-scale images with exquisite detail to give viewers a unique insight into the construction of a world-class astronomical facility as well as the breathtaking landscape that surrounds it, on the high-altitude Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes. Some highlights of the production are beautiful time-lapse views of the ALMA antennas under the clear skies of Chajnantor, made by several of the ESO Photo Ambassadors.

Servus TV can be viewed in Austria (DVB-T, Cable, IPTV), Germany and Switzerland (Cable and IPTV), and also across Europe via satellite.

ALMA, an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA construction and operations are led on behalf of Europe by ESO, on behalf of North America by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and on behalf of East Asia by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) provides the unified leadership and management of the construction, commissioning and operation of ALMA.



Douglas Pierce-Price
Public Information Officer, ESO
Garching bei München, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6759

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Filming The Eyes of the Atacama at the ALMA site
Filming The Eyes of the Atacama at the ALMA site