Ceremony Held in Tokyo to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Full-scale Operations of the ALMA Telescope

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ALMA telescope, which began full-scale operations in March 2013. The ALMA telescope was jointly constructed and is jointly operated by East Asia, North America, and Europe in Chile, South America. In March of this year, a ceremony was held in Chile to commemorate the 10th anniversary, attended by officials from all ALMA regions. The commemorative ceremony for related parties in Japan was held in Tokyo on May 17.

The ceremony began with greetings from the concerned parties and was followed by commemorative lectures by the following individuals.

Dr. Munetake Momose, Professor, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ibaraki University

Yoshinori Uzawa, Professor, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, National Institutes of Natural Sciences

Mr. Kazuma Yamane, non-fiction writer

In those lectures, the speaker introduced some of the scientific achievements of the ALMA telescope over the past 10 years and its future prospects, as well as the development of advanced technology for the telescope that supports the scientific achievements and its application to society.