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.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2013 Richmond International Festival of Film.
"The animation and graphics are well done...good interview subjects; clean cgi, pacing that isn't so fast you miss important facts, or too slow... and very good videography. Simply put, this is a solid public television program." - P3PublicMedia.com
Produced by Marc Pingry Productions. Distributed to US Public Television Stations nationwide by the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Supported by the National Science Foundation (CSA #AST-1007566) in collaboration with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Copyright 2012 Associated Universities, Inc. & Marc Pingry Productions, Inc.
ALMA, an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is the ALMA executive for North America, is a facility of the National Science Foundation, and is operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.
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Credit: Copyright 2012 Associated Universities, Inc. & Marc Pingry Productions, Inc.