Into Deepest Space: The Story of ALMA

Released in 2012, this 52-minute public television documentary reveals the motivations, struggles and ultimate triumphs of the people designing and building the most elaborate ground-based astronomical observatory ever, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The program documents some of the first observations made by the telescope, foreshadowing the scientific rewards that will be its heritage. Filmed on three continents--and at altitudes ranging from sea level to 16,500 feet--the film features breathtaking views of Chile's remote Atacama Desert, and demonstrates the lengths to which humans will go to understand the universe they call home. In fact, there was so much to see, we couldn't fit it all into the film! Check out the collection of outtakes and exclusives. For information about and a virtual tour of ALMA, visit https://public.nrao.edu/telescopes/alma.