Encyclopedia of Astrobiology

Living Edition
| Editors: Muriel Gargaud, William M. Irvine, Ricardo Amils, Henderson James Cleaves, Daniele Pinti, José Cernicharo Quintanilla, Michel Viso


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27833-4_53-3



The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is an international radio telescope on a dry site at 5,000 m elevation in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The US$1.4 billion ALMA project is a partnership of Europe, Japan, and North America in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA is funded in Europe by the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO), in Japan by the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) in cooperation with the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and in North America by the National Science Foundation in cooperation with the National Research Council of Canada and the National Science Council of Taiwan. Construction and operation of the facility are led on behalf of Europe by ESO, on behalf of Japan by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), and on behalf of North America by the US National Radio...


North America Southern Hemisphere European Organization Radio Telescope National Science Council 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ALMAVitacura, SantiagoChile