Alma, the world's most powerful radio telescope, launches in Chile - video

The world's most powerful astronomical device, the Atacama Large Millimetre/Sub-millimetre Array (Alma), has begun operating. Scientists hope the telescope, on the Chajnantor plateau, 5,000 metres above sea level in the Chilean Andes, will allow us to see parts of the universe that have hitherto been hidden

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