E-ELT blasting close-up
Today a groundbreaking ceremony took place to mark the next major milestone towards ESO’s European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). Part of the 3000-metre peak of Cerro Armazones was blasted away as a step towards levelling the summit in preparation for the construction of the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world.
5000 cubic metres of rock was removed, as seen in this photo from a distance of a few hundred metres. It was the first in a series of blastings aimed to remove a total of 220 000 cubic metres of rock for the 300 x 150 metres platform.
About the Image
|Release date:||19 June 2014, 23:20|
|Size:||1583 x 1121 px|
About the Object
|Name:||Cerro Armazones, European Extremely Large Telescope|
|Type:||• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope|
• X - E-ELT