Friday, November 23, 2012

Final North American piece of ALMA delivered

spacedaily is reporting that the final antenna for the North America part of ALMA array has been delivered.

"After an odyssey of design and construction stretching across more than a decade, North America has delivered the last of the 25, 12-meter-diameter dish antennas that comprise its share of antennas for the international ALMA telescope. This is an important milestone in the construction of an observatory that astronomers are already using to open up a "final frontier" of the spectrum of invisible light to high-resolution exploration.

ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, stretches across more than 75 square miles of a high-altitude desert plain in northern Chile. The scientific communities of North America, Europe, and East Asia have banded together to build the observatory, and are sharing its $1.3 billion cost.

When completed, ALMA will have a total of 66 antennas, 25 from North America, 25 from Europe, and 16 from East Asia."

this is big science, can`t wait to see what cool stuff comes out of this

more here

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