Planetary Radio • Jan 22, 2013

The Gigantic ALMA Radio Telescope in Chile

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On This Episode

Alison Peck

Former ALMA Commissioning Scientists Team Leader for National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Al Wooten

North American Project Scientist and head of the North American ALMA Science Center for National Radio Astronomy Observatory

ALMA will make sharper images than the Hubble Space Telescope, yet it’s a radio telescope! ALMA scientists Alison Peck and Al Wooten tell us about this array of 66 huge dishes in Chile’s Atacama desert.  Emily Lakdawalla reports that Curiosity scientists are celebrating a detour for the rover. Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye chats with Advocacy and Outreach Strategist Casey Dreier. Who's that singing "Space Truckin" on What's Up?  NOTE THE LINK TO THE NEW WHAT'S UP! CONTEST ENTRY FORM BELOW.  Bill Nye might be answering your phone for you.

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