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  • Many of us remember this telescope from the Jodie Foster movie Contact. It's real, and has been there since the 60's. It's been used for, among other things, tracking asteroids on near Earth orbits. Maintenance has been ignored or non-existant for years and apparently Maria further damaged it fatally. Science loses again.

    https://phys.org/news/2020-12-huge-puer ... scope.html

    Huge Puerto Rico radio telescope, already damaged, collapses

    A huge, already damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century completely collapsed on Tuesday.

    The telescope's 900-ton receiver platform fell onto the reflector dish more than 400 feet below.

    The U.S. National Science Foundation had earlier announced that the Arecibo Observatory would be closed. An auxiliary cable snapped in August, causing a 100-foot gash on the 1,000-foot-wide (305-meter-wide) dish and damaged the receiver platform that hung above it. Then a main cable broke in early November.




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  • I remember this better from GoldenEye than Contact.
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  • I remember this more from The X-Files than GoldenEye or Contact. (Waits for Todd to approve. :lol:)
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  • RolandDeschain wrote:I remember this more from The X-Files than GoldenEye or Contact. (Waits for Todd to approve. :lol:)


    I approve this message. :greetingsearthling:
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  • I wouldn’t have remembered it from any of those shows but now that y’all mention it I do.


    It will be interesting to see if it ever makes the show “mysteries of the abandoned”.

    https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows ... abandoned/


    Which BTW, I find very interesting.
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