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Llano Chajnantor, Chile: What is thought to be the world's largest ground-based observatory opened on Wednesday in northern Chile, wielding unprecedented power to peer into the remotest regions of the universe.
The ALMA space observatory was inaugurated here on a desert plateau some 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) above sea level, at a ceremony attended by President Sebastian Pinera and other dignitaries.
"ALMA is a huge telescope 16 kilometers (10 miles) in diameter," said the facility's director Thijs de Graauw, as it was declared officially opened.
Originally posted by Biigs
I watched a documentary last year about this array, im glad the days finally arrived!
Some absolutely MAD engineering went into this project and i cant wait to see the sweet rewards
From that link:
Originally posted by Aleister
And here is the wikipedia link to ALMA itself.
That makes me wonder if all the people who work there are accustomed to the high altitude? Or do they have supplemental oxygen sources for the operators of the observatories?
The transporters, which featured a driver's seat designed to accommodate an oxygen tank to aid breathing the thin high-altitude air, placed the antennas precisely at the site.