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At the End of the Earth, Seeking Clues to the Universe

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posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 08:39 AM
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Another Chilean version of SETI? while it's nice that other countries are interested in a project like this why is it we are the ones sponsoring this, and how much is some of the tune to $1 billion?Just wondering, thought it was an interesting bit of news though. What are your thoughts?




Simon Romero



TextLLANO DE CHAJNANTOR, Chile — Trucks stall on the road to this plateau 16,597 feet up in the Atacama Desert, where scientists are installing one of the world’s largest ground-based astronomical projects. Heads ache. Noses bleed. Dizziness overcomes the researchers toiling in the shadow of the Licancabur volcano.
Opened last October, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, known as ALMA, will have spread 66 radio antennas near the spine of the Andes by the time it is completed next year. Drawing more than $1 billion in funding mainly from the United States, European countries and Japan, ALMA will help the oxygen-deprived scientists flocking to this region to study the origins of the universe.With ALMA, astronomers hope to see where the first galaxies were formed, and perhaps even detect solar systems with the conditions to support life, like water-bearing planets. But the scientists here express caution about their chances of finding life elsewhere in the universe, explaining that such definitive proof is likely to remain elusive.








posted on Apr, 8 2012 @ 08:39 PM
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