ALMA antennas and maintenance crane, 2016

ALMA antennas and maintenance crane, 2016

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Credit: M. Struik (CERN)/EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: ALMA antennas and maintenance crane, 2016. The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) is an array of radio telescopes on the Chajnantor Plateau, at an altitude of 5000 metres in the Chilean Andes. The large antennas have a diameter of 12 metres, while 12 smaller antennas with a diameter of 7 metres make up the ALMA Compact Array (ACA). Data from the separate antennas is combined by interferometry, making it one of the most powerful telescopes in the world. The crane (orange) is part of continuous maintenance that keeps the antennas in working order. The array was inaugurated in 2013. Photographed in September 2016.

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