The life of the modern human is tightly
related to machinery of all kinds. Be it cars or telescopes, spaceships
or cameras, we live with them, and they live around us. And they die, too.
Freshly coated mirror
Astronomical telescopes use mirrors
instead of lenses, because of their many advantages. These mirrors need
to be cleaned and re-coated with aluminum (or sometimes other metals) every
few years. This picture shows the 3.58 meter mirror of the ESO New Technology
Telescope, just emerging from the aluminization chamber.
Once an locomotive maintenance shop,
the demise of steam engines led to the closing of this facility.
It should have become a mayor seaport.
But politics are seldom stable. Changes of priorities allowed time and
sand to take possession of this structure.
A detail of the above. Decades of
rain and saltwater have eaten through many parts of the steel structure.
Much of it now looks almost like wood!
Out of service
This machine was last used for building
the Digua dam. It has an interesting reversible engine. Which does not
keep it from slowly rusting into history.
For some time the Rocuant channel
in Talcahuano enjoyed the doubtful honor of being considered the world's
most polluted place. It was a thick, incredibly stinky soup of industrial
waste, spiced by entire cars and other trash discarded here. Fortunately,
the situation has dramatically improved in the years after this photo was
When the mountain lodge at Choshuenco
Volcano burned down, this Willys Jeep was trapped in the flames. Its charred
remains are rusting away, amidst a breathtaking landscape. So ended a long
history of dependable service. The fate of machines.
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