Winner student of the short film contest visits ALMA Observatory

Neither the sand storm nor the cold that prevailed at the Atacama desert, on 23 July, were a hindrance for María José Torres, a 16-year old high school student from Colegio Manquecura, Ciudad del Este, Puente Alto, to enjoy the prize she won, after entering the micro-film competition organized by the ALMA Observatory, jointly with Universidad de Chile’s Summer School.

María José and her father visited the most powerful radio telescope in the world, located near San Pedro de Atacama. “The visit was one of the most exciting experiences in my life, since I was able to make a tour of the whole observatory and speak to the persons working there, who were all very kind and explained how ALMA operates. Besides, I loved the tour to the site where the antennas are located, at an altitude of 5000 meters. Although it was very cold, we enjoyed a spectacular view and we were able to stand by these fantastic antennas. It is incredible that so many countries were able to get organized and get together to build this”, said a happy María José, after claiming her prize at ALMA.