Arecibo Observatory featured in James Bond film "Goldeneye" shut down

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 12, 2020

The University of Central Florida that manages the National Science Foundation facility said eight panels in the dome also were damaged and the platform used to access the dome is now twisted. An auxiliary cable supporting a platform appears to have snapped and fallen, damaging the dish.

This photo provided by the Arecibo Observatory, shows the damage done by a broken cable that supported a metal platform, creating a 100-foot gash to the radio telescope's reflector dish in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. UCF manages the facility alongside Universidad Ana G. Méndez and Yang Enterprises, Inc.

Most recently, the Puerto Rico-based observatory was studying near-Earth asteroids as part of a $19 million NASA grant. It faced dire financial trouble in 2008 and again in 2016.

For now, it remains unclear why the cable broke and operations have been suspended at the observatory until it can be repaired. "Our focus is assuring the safety of our staff, protecting the facilities and equipment, and restoring the facility to full operations as soon as possible, so it can continue to assist scientists around the world".

While Arecibo Observatory, built in the 1960s, is certainly not the newest telescope, nor the most advanced, it is still one of the largest in the world. Hopefully, this time will be no different.

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