Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty

Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla

An ALMA antenna journeys to its pad

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

24-09-2009 12:40 CDT


This is a significant week for radio astronomy, but I'll admit that I am posting the photos and video below for no other reason than that they are gorgeous. I'll give this to all of you traditional astronomers (i.e. people who look at space from Earth rather than through spacecraft's eyes, as is my preference): you sure know how to pick spectacular places to build your scopes. A windowless office cubicle in a featureless office building at a NASA center has nothing on Mauna Kea or the La Silla observatory.

The images were taken on the occasion of the delivery of the first of 66 radio antennas to the plateau of Chajnantor, where they will eventually (in 2011) form the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, or ALMA.

An ALMA antenna begins its journey to the plateau of Chajnantor


An ALMA antenna begins its journey to the plateau of Chajnantor
Video: (go to Facebook for HD resolution):

See other posts from September 2009


Or read more blog entries about:


Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search

Planetary Defense

An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.


Featured Images

LightSail 2 and Prox-1
Bill Nye at LightSail 2 pre-ship review
LightSail 2 pre-ship review team photo
Swirling maelstrom
More Images

Featured Video

Class 9: Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune

Watch Now

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!