Trip Start Jul 13, 2010
Trip End Apr 19, 2011

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Residential Corvatsch

Flag of Chile  , Antofagasta,
Saturday, September 4, 2010

Today we were picked up by a person from administration from MT (Mechatronics) from the European ALMA site. Yes, finally I was able to visit the place (OSF) where the ALMA project gets assembled before taken up to the Chajnantor plateau at 5000m. For those that do not know, but I worked on this projct uptil June 2010. Steve and I got the authorization to visit the site. We saw the first European Antenna undergoing some tests as well as three others outside the hall having the cabins installed or the cabling done before they too get tested. In the hall were the Antennas #5 + #6 with the Panel Adjusters being installed. We even got to have a delicious lunch in the canteen at ALMAtraz, that is what the whole camp is called as it is a bit away of the town and everyone has to follow strict rules.

"The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is a revolutionary instrument in its scientific concept, its engineering design, and its organization as a global scientific endeavor...

Currently under construction in the thin, dry air of northern Chile's Atacama Desert at an altitude of 5,000 meters above sea level, ALMA will initially be composed of 66 high-precision antennas working together at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths, with a possible extension in the future.

Thanks to its high resolution and sensitivity, ALMA will open an entirely new "window" on the Universe, allowing scientists to unravel longstanding and important astronomical mysteries, in search of our Cosmic Origins. " more infomation on:

In the evening three from MT even took us to the moon valley for sunset. Afterwards we all wernt for dinner and had crispy chicken and chips and then in a pub some beer.
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