The Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) VertexRSI test antenna constructed at the site of the Very Large Array near Socorro, NM. Each of the ALMA partners will deliver a test antenna to the VLA site, where each will undergo a series of tests to ensure it can meet the demanding standards of the ALMA telescope. Construction on the telescope in the Atacama Desert in the Chilean Andes is scheduled to begin in 2004. When complete in 2011, ALMA will be able to image at the 1-millimeter wavelength with the same 0.01" resolution that will be achieved by the Next Generation Space Telescope. In addition, ALMA's ability to change the configuration of its antennas will allow this telescope to also make high-fidelity images of large regions of the sky, making ALMA astronomy's complete imaging instrument.
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