eso9928 — Organisation Release
The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA)
10 June 1999: The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) is the new name  for a giant millimeter-wavelength telescope project. As described in the accompanying joint press release by ESO and the U.S. National Science Foundation , the present design and development phase is now a Europe-U.S. collaboration, and may soon include Japan. ALMA may become the largest ground-based astronomy project of the next decade after VLT/VLTI, and one of the major new facilities for world astronomy. ALMA will make it possible to study the origins of galaxies, stars and planets.