The ALMA Array Operations Site Technical Building on Chajnantor

The ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) Array Operations Site (AOS) Technical Building on the plateau of Chajnantor, 5000 m above sea level in the Chilean Andes. 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. 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_9167
Type:Photographic
Release date:1 April 2010, 14:15
Size:3614 x 2409 px

About the Object

Name:Chajnantor
Type:• Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Facility
• X - ALMA

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