Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2015

Presentation information

International Session (Oral)

Symbol P (Space and Planetary Sciences) » P-PS Planetary Sciences

[P-PS04] International Collaboration in Planetary and Space Sciences: Small Projects, Big Missions, Everything

Wed. May 27, 2015 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM A03 (APA HOTEL&RESORT TOKYO BAY MAKUHARI)

Convener:*Sho Sasaki(Department of Earth and Space Sciences, School of Science, Osaka University), Akimasa Yoshikawa(Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Kyushu University), Steven Vance(Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Caltech), Kunio Sayanagi(Hampton University), Yasuhito Sekine(Department of Complexity Science and Enginerring, Graduate School of Frontier Science, University of Tokyo), Shogo Tachibana(Department of Natural History Scieces, Hokkaido University), Chair:Sho Sasaki(Department of Earth and Space Sciences, School of Science, Osaka University), Yasumasa Kasaba(東北大学大学院 )

12:00 PM - 12:25 PM

[PPS04-01] How we built ALMA

*Tetsuo HASEGAWA1 (1.National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international partnership of the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan in cooperation with the Republic of Chile, is the largest astronomical project in existence. ALMA is a single telescope of revolutionary design, composed initially of 66 high precision antennas located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5000 meters altitude in northern Chile. The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), a branch of NINS, is taking the role of the Executive for the 25% contribution from East Asia to the project. ALMA is now in its full operation and producing exciting scientific data, such as the astonishing image of the grooved protoplanetary disk surrounding HL Tau.
In this paper, I will introduce the lights and shadows of this worldwide collaboration that built ALMA, based on my 7-year experience in Chile working for the project.