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International Telescope Achieves Major Milestone With Antenna-Link Success
March 7, 2007
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international telescope project, reached a major milestone when two ALMA prototype antennas were linked together to observe an astronomical object. Faint radio waves emitted by the planet Saturn were collected by the two antennas, then processed by new, state-of-the-art electronics to turn the two antennas into a single, high-resolution telescope system, called an interferometer.
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