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Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory ‘Not Closing’ After Telescope Collapse

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Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory may nonetheless have a future after its huge telescope dramatically collapsed this week, US officers mentioned Thursday.

The construction was destroyed on Tuesday when its 900-ton receiver platform, which was suspended 450 toes (140 metres) within the air, fell free and plunged onto the radio dish under.

Ralph Gaume, director of the US Nationwide Science Basis’s division of astronomical sciences, mentioned “the NSF isn’t closing the Arecibo Observatory.”

“The NSF is deeply saddened by the state of affairs,” he advised reporters, including that the company “has a really well-defined course of for funding and setting up large-scale infrastructure together with telescopes… it’s extremely early for us to touch upon the substitute.”

Engineers had just lately warned of the telescope’s decrepit situation, and the NSF introduced solely final month that it will be dismantled.

Two of the cables that held the platform over the radio dish, which measures 1,000 toes (300 metres) in diameter, had snapped this 12 months, and the construction lastly gave means on Tuesday morning.

Video footage confirmed the ultimate cables breaking, and the platform swinging down onto the radio dish earlier than a cloud of mud erupts.

The telescope was one of many largest on this planet and has been a software for a lot of astronomical discoveries because the Sixties.

An motion scene from the James Bond movie GoldenEye that includes Pierce Brosnan was filming on the web site. 


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