Arecibo telescope collapses in Puerto Rico after 57 years

Arecibo telescope collapses in Puerto Rico after 57 years

The Observatory of Arecibo is gone. This morning, at about 8:00, am the 900-ton instrument plateau leaned over a plate in Puerto Rico’s karst hills. Ramon Lugo, director of the University of Central Florida Florida’s Florida Space Institute operating a 57-year-old national science foundation radio telescope says local time (NSF). After two cable breaks that placed the platform on the verge of failure, NSF agreed, on 19 November, to decommission the observatory. Yet it couldn’t finally live for a controlled demolition long enough.

“I feel sick in my belly,” said Lugo, fighting tears out. “Truly, a lot of people wanted to rebuild this facility was a great deal of hard work. We haven’t been successful, it’s disappointing. This is a really difficult morning.”

Lugo claims that when the platform fell, no one was near the dish. But the specifics of how the structure fell down were not all accessible to him. He assumes that it was due to a malfunction of one of the remaining cables that linked the platform to one of the three towers. Since the two previous failures, the cables were extra stressed. And since Thanksgiving, Lugo says, cables have been splitting at a rate of about one a day in the remaining cables. He said that NSF had just one to two weeks left for the system to fail.

Today, engineers are going to check the state of the three supporting towers, Lugo said, to see how they can work it out. He is anxious with and with the future of the 130 observer employees. “What they feel I can’t imagine,” he says.

Arecibo telescope collapses in Puerto Rico after 57 years

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