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The VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey

ABSTRACT The Tarantula Survey is an ambitious ESO Large Programme that has obtained multi-epoch spectroscopy of over 1,000 massive stars in the 30 Doradus region of the Large Magellanic Cloud. Here we introduce the scientific motivations of the survey and give an overview of the observational sample. Ultimately, quantitative analysis of every star, paying particular attention to the effects of rotational mixing and binarity, will be used to address fundamental questions in both stellar and cluster evolution. Comment: 6 pages, to appear in the proceedings of IAU Symposium 266 "Star Clusters - Basic Galactic Building Blocks Throughout Time and Space", Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2009

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May 29, 2014