The ALMA Transporter Shelter at the Operations Support Facility (OSF)

The ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) Transporter Shelter at the Operations Support Facility (OSF). ALMA is the largest ground-based astronomy project in existence, and will be comprised of a giant array of 12-m submillimetre quality antennas, with baselines of several kilometres. An additional, compact array of 7-m and 12-m antennas will complement the main array. Moving the antennae around requires enormous, specially built transporters and enormous garages for when the transporters are not in use. Construction of ALMA started in 2003 and will be completed in 2012. The ALMA project is an international collaboration between Europe, East Asia and North America in cooperation with the Republic of Chile.

Credit:

H. Sommer/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

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Id:mg_9044
Type:Photographic
Release date:1 April 2010, 14:15
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Name:Chajnantor
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Facility
• X - ALMA

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