This complex looking piece of equipment is part of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) cryostat.
When these are installed in some of the 66 antennas that make up ALMA, they will redirect radio signals picked up from outer space, and direct them to the correct receiver areas.
Originally published by Cosmos as Cryostat guts
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