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National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Socorro
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  • by chance, along the road to Petrified Forest, we saw the sign for the VLA and we did this beautiful detour into thin air. We didn't arrive until the Visitor Center, but even from a distance we could admire the Majesty of these installations that make you think you're on the set of "Contact" (movie with Jodie Foster)
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  • We spent a couple of hours at this facility. This is stuff you only dream of. If you enjoyed the movie 'Contact' with Jodi Foster, you'll love this site. We watched the museum movie, did the small mus...  more »
  • Was heading to the eagle ranch restaurant from Socorro and stopped. Great view and a quick pit stop for anyone. 
  • This is the administrative and scientific center building. The actual antennas are 45 miles west near the intersection of US 60 and New Mexico Highway 52. I don't know why there's pictures of the dishes here. You can't locate sensitive radio receivers in a city.
  • Well, we drove to the address given, and it was a shipping building. We even drove through the golf course to see if we could see it from behind, nope, nice golf course. Never did find the Radio Observatory. Disappointed we just continued on our journey.
  • This is the Jansky Very Large Array. It is run by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which has offices nation-wide, including in Socorro, NM.