One of the most remote regions in the world is a centre for one of the world's most advanced technologies...the study of high energy particles in cosmic rays.
WS Rugged terrain on Chacaltaya Mountain in Bolivia.
GV PAN Laboratory buildings on snow-covered hillside.
SV TILT DOWN INT FROM Laboratory ceiling TO equipment on floor.
GV PAN Banks of electronic equipment against wall as technicians walks through.
SV & CUs Monitoring equipment. (5 SHOTS)
CU & CU PULL BACK TO SV Computer tape readout and computer. (2 SHOTS)
CU Electronic machine plotting lines on graph.
SV Complex wiring around machinery.
SV Technicians walking outside laboratory.
GVs & SVs Monitoring equipment installed outside laboratory. (4 SHOTS)
GV PAN Institute buildings TO mountainous terrain.
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Background: One of the most remote regions in the world is a centre for one of the world's most advanced technologies...the study of high energy particles in cosmic rays. High on the Bolivian Chacaltaya Mountain scientist operate a laboratory which contains some of the most advanced equipment available to analyse the rays which continually bombard the earth. The particles, moving at the speed of light (approx 300,000 kilometres or 186,000 miles per second) come from sources so distant in the galaxy that they began their journeys at a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Chacaltaya is perfectly sited for the experimental monitoring. It's close to the equator and is some 5,500 metres (18,000 feet) above sea level. The altitude is important because the rays or waves are not as seriously affected by atmosphere pollution. Even so, the particles are almost discharged by the time they reach Chacaltaya monitoring equipment. Technicians at the camp have confirmed some of the fundamental principles of modern particle physics.