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Very Large Array, New Mexico

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  • Managing expectations is a must here. It is a Scientific center Not a tourist trap. Theres a cool little self run tour and a lot of great information about what they do and why. The drive out is.....  more »
  • Definitely worth going to the Visitor Centre and doing a self-guided tour. Inexpensive and lets you get up close to the telescopes, which are amazing engineering, as well as giving you an overview of....  more »
  • We have visited Telescopes all around Arizona but had never been to a Radio Astronomy Observatory, so we planned a trip to the VLA Observatory near Socorro, New Mexico. The best time to go is on a...  more »
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  • Interesting find in the middle of nowhere. Not much to see. A small and interesting museum. A few pics from the movie "Contact." You can walk around some of the site and see the telescopes.
  • Extremely interesting. Nobody was touring when I was there. Got to talk to some staff. Super technology and in a grand scale. If your interested in the cosmos, or technology, it's worth the side trip.
  • It takes a lot to Impress me. This world has impresses sites that came from the work of God's hands. I see large machines that bore tunnels deep in mountains, large ships, large planes, but the only man made machine that has ever impressed me is this Very Large Array. We are actually mapping the stars for our descendants.
  • I loved my visit here! Though it was in the middle of nowhere and extremely hot, this place was a lot of fun to visit, and I learned a lot too from the visitor center.
  • Was an awesome experience! Was able to visit the place of my dreams! Especially after watching the movie contact! Woman giving tour was very informative! But the woman running the gift shop seemed a little Irritated that we were there, we could tell it was hard for her to be polite.. we would have bought more things from the gift shop but didn't want to bother her. Maybe was because we got there a little early.

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