This is just totally awesome! It won't be long before we see people jogging in the park with their electronic pets, or even riding robotic horses on trails. I can remember having a little battery operated yappy dachshund on a leash, as a child. We’ve come a long way since then.
On our drive east through New Mexico on our way to San Lorenzo Canyon, we stopped for a few minutes at the VLA (Very Large Array), which is quite impressive. We arrived shortly before 10 a.m. and our timing could not have been better because we got to watch the realignment of the dishes. So cool! The whole process took several minutes as one by one each dish was adjusted to a new position. I don't know if they realign the dishes the same time everyday, or if we just happened to be there on a day they were moved, but we sure felt lucky to be able to witness the process.
The Array sits in the high desert at an elevation of 6900 feet on the Plains of San Augustin about 50 miles west of Socorro. 27 dishes have been built atop an impressive Y-shaped rail system which allows each 82 foot wide dish to be easily moved along 13 miles of each arm of the Y. The radio astronomy observatory has been used to study black holes, supernova remnants, and pulsars, and is a great place to take children who might be interested in learning about space.
The following is a cool video I found on You Tube you might enjoy, which shows the array and some of the cute long eared residents of the plains.