June 29, 2013 – Huge Telescope Being Installed in 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. Pictured above, Antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array being installed, 16,597 feet above sea level.
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. Follow the link below for the complete story, pictures, slide show, comments and more.
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