Have you watched the movie CONTACT? a 1997 American science fiction
drama film about a SETI scientist portrayed by Jodie Foster?
In the film, she found strong evidence of extraterrestrial life and was chosen to make first contact, thus, the film title.
I was asking because, I haven't watched the movie yet, but we'll do this summer! LOL!
The point of interest is in the VLA, do you see the satellite-looking-dish antennas in the photo?
Well, in our Physics class we had a field trip and visited the "more than 300 million US dollars" VERY LARGE ARRAY.
The Very Large Array is one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories. It has 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro, New Mexico.
According to inside information one satellite costs about 4 million! Since, it was paid for by the US taxpayers, we basically own the machine.
More information could be found in the NRAO - National Radio Astronomy Observatory website.
For the mean time, enjoy our photos!
This is something new for me: satellites, arrays, radio astronomy.. but interesting.