EIE visits APA and LBT - Arizona USA
Last August, while in the States for a series of meetings with the American customer AURA (Association Of Universities For Research In Astronomy), for which we are realizing the Dome of the LSST (Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) - see project webpage HERE, we decided to visit two EIE old special "friends": the APA antenna ( ALMA Prototype Antenna), now property of ARO (Arizona Radio Observatory) and LBT (Large Binocular Telescope - see project HERE.
What an amazing emotion it has been seeing those two "old guys" after many years!!
The ALMA Prototype, built between the 1999 and 2003, was recently transported from the original site in Socorro, New Mexico, to the new home at Kitt Peak, Arizona.
Perfectly restored, it is now giving enthusistic scientific results, thanks to the perseverance of the Director Lucy Ziurys.
The LBT telescope, the biggest astronomical instrument in the world so far, remains an incredible adventure we are very proud of and which always gives us a great emotion at any visit. "Climbing Month Graham, catching sight of this giant building among the trees and the red squirrels is impressive" - says Mr. Marchiori. Once on top, waiting for us, the dear friend and astronomer Dr. John Hill, who followed the project construction since the beginning and who still is at the head of the telescope scientific activities.
Watch the emotional video of the APA transport from Socorro to Kit Peak, in Arizona: HERE