Into Deepest Space: The Birth of the ALMA Observatory
Wednesday, March 27 at 10:00 p.m.
"Into Deep Space" traces the engineering, construction, and scientific discoveries of the most powerful observatory on Earth - the ALMA telescope in the Chilean Andes.
The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA, Spanish for "soul") is an array of radio telescopes in the Atacama desert of northern Chile.
ALMA is an international partnership between Europe, the United States, Canada, East Asia and the Republic of Chile.
ALMA will be a single telescope of revolutionary design, composed initially of 66 high precision antennas located on the Chajnantor plateau at 5000 meters altitude in northern Chile. Breathtaking footage features dramatic aerials of the ALMA site and live coverage of the it's first large scale observation.
Photo credit: ALMA, C. Padilla