ESOcast 56: Gentle Giants in the Desert

For our newest ESOcast, we pose this puzzle: how do you move a 100-tonne giant ALMA antenna 30 kilometres up onto the oxygen-starved Chajnantor Plateau, 5000 metres above sea level and finish the job with millimetre precision?

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Visual design and editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Javier Perez Barbuzano and Herbert Zodet.
Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa.
Music: Toomas Erm.
Footage and photos: ESO, Christoph Malin ( and ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/NRAO/General Dynamics C4 Systems.
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.


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About the Video

Release date:29 April 2013, 15:00
Related announcements:ann13036
Duration:07m 16s

About the Object

Name:Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
Type:• X - ALMA
• X - ESOcast



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