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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Very Large Array, New Mexico, Part 1: Hipster Prime


Very Large Array, Highway 52, New Mexico


Is it  ironic that the Very Large Array - make that the Expanded Very Large Array - the very epitome of sci-fi goodness - is so 1970s?

Take the avocado green, old-school, analog phones.

Or the Southwestern "style," puffy polyester chairs.

Very Large Array, Highway 52, New Mexico



Or the virgin vinyl couch.


Very Large Array, Highway 52, New Mexico


This is Geek Central. They don't care what you think about their decor. Besides, what's wrong with it? The phones still work. The chairs and couches still do their jobs. It's like, "Hey, we're watching stars explode and black holes consume planets every day . ... what are you doing"? 


And guess what. You only get to see this behind-the-scenes coolness if you go on one of the guided tours. First Saturday of every month at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00. Plan for two hours. 

And put your cell phone on "airplane mode" when you enter.     


Very Large Array, Highway 52, New Mexico


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