March 2011 — Cerro Paranal and Cerro Armazones in Chile

This stunning aerial view shows the Chilean Atacama Desert around the ESO Paranal Observatory, home to the Very Large Telescope (seen at the bottom-right). Close to the VLT, the dome of the VISTA survey telescope is visible, and to the right, the Paranal Residence and base camp. The high peak in the distance is the 6739-metre high volcano belonging to the Andes, Llullaillaco. Also in the image, to the middleleft, one can see an isolated peak with a winding road leading to its summit. This is Cerro Armazones, the selected home for the future European.

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