Video News Release 37: ESO Celebrates its 50th Anniversary (eso1238a)

On 5 October 2012, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is celebrating 50 years since the signing of its founding convention. Over the last half century ESO has become the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. This video collection includes material about ESO’s observatories in Chile and world-leading telescopes, some scientific achievements and interview footage.

This Video News Release is targeted especially at broadcasters for further editing. In order to keep the audio tracks editable, different sound information has been recorded on two separate tracks at optimal volumes as is common standard in professional post production. This video is not meant for on screen viewing — on ESOcasts are better suited for that.


Visual design and editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada. 
Editing: Herbert Zodet. 
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida. 
Written by: Herbert Zodet and Richard Hook. 
Narration: Sara Mendes da Costa. 
Footage and photos: ESO, Stéphane Guisard (, 
Martin Kornmesser, Luis Calçada, Nick Risinger (,
Christoph Malin (, José Francisco Salgado (,
Alexandre Santerne, A. M. Swinbank and S. Zieleniewski and Babak Tafreshi ( 
Directed by: Herbert Zodet. 
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Release date:5 October 2012, 16:00
Related releases:eso1238
Duration:09 m 22 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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Large QT
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Video Podcast
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Medium MPEG-1
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Medium Flash
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Small Flash
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Small QT
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