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ALMA telescope ready to go in Chilean desert

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter array (ALMA) was inaugurated on 13 March at a celebration attended by more than 500 people. The event marked the completion of the telescope’s construction, which began in 2003, and the beginning of its operations as an observatory.

ALMA, the world’s largest astronomical project, is a joint project between Chile, the member states of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and countries in North America and Asia. Attendees at the event included ESO director-general Tim de Zeeuw, US National Science Foundation director Subra Suresh, and Teru Fukui, senior vice-minister of Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

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