"For the Cornell scientists and engineers who took a daring dream and realized it, for the scientists who made new discoveries with this uniquely powerful radio telescope and planetary radar, and for all the young people who were inspired to become scientists by the sight of this enormous telescope in the middle of the island of Puerto Rico, Arecibo's end is an inestimable loss.". Eric Mack. The latest review revealed that damage to the telescope could not be stabilized without risking staff and the construction team. "The instrument platform of the 305m telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell overnight. The observatory has been an inspiration to many. Pierce Brosnan clambered around its ladders in the James Bond film GoldenEye. The instrument platform of the 305m telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell overnight. Well things took care of themselves on Tuesday when the telescope collapsed in … Dec 1, 2020 Update: On the morning of December 1, 2020, the Arecibo Observatory's suspended platform collapsed, smashing through the telescope's dish and eliminating any chances for its repair. The telescope's trademark dish, nestled amid thick tropical forest, was left with a huge gash in August after a cable fell and slashed through its panels. Puerto Rican scientists, shattered by collapse of Arecibo Observatory, push to rebuild "My dream was to stay here and give back to my island," says Arianna Colón, a third-year physics student. As we move forward, we will be looking for ways to assist the scientific community and maintain our strong relationship with the people of Puerto Rico," the foundation said in another tweet. Engineers were assessing and working on a plan to repair the damage when another main cable on the tower broke on November 6. The Arecibo Observatory's mammoth telescope collapsed overnight. Scientists worry about projects that were in progress using the Arecibo telescope, as well as what it means for future detections -- especially of asteroids that come near Earth. The telescope collapsed weeks after officials announced that it would be dismantled A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico has collapsed after decades of astronomical discoveries. The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has collapsed, after weeks of concern from scientists over the fate of what was once the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. What's sending mysterious repeating fast radio bursts in space? Video shows collapse of giant Arecibo observatory. "As we move forward, we will be looking for ways to assist the scientific community and maintain our strong relationship with the people of Puerto Rico.". The massive reflector dish is made up of perforated aluminum panels, leaving an expanse of greenery underneath. But many of those panels have now fallen to the earth. In Arecibo's nearly 60 years of operation, the observatory's powerful capabilities made it a popular choice for researchers chasing breakthroughs in radio astronomy and atmospheric science. The collapse occurred just weeks after NSF announced that the telescope would be decommissioned and disassembled through a controlled demolition after sustaining irreparable damage earlier this year. Multiple engineering companies reviewed the damage. Jodie Foster marveled at its otherworldly promise in Contact. The Arecibo Observatory collapsed on Tuesday and the whole thing was captured on video. The National Science Foundation, which operates the Arecibo Observatory through the University of Central Florida, unveiled video of the collapse Thursday during a Zoom update with reporters. Biden wants Fauci as chief medical adviser: report Watch Arecibo Observatory collapse Stimulus package status Cyberpunk 2077 Another monolith PS5 inventory Spotify Wrapped 2020. #AreciboObservatory https://t.co/oUpUkxtcGB pic.twitter.com/1BYH3w2gAf. When an asteroid's coming by, we are pretty much a flashlight that we turn on. This image shows some of the damage after the instrument platform fell. The debris from the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory (Image: NSF) The video shows several cables snapping, with debris flying in all angles. The NSF released footage taken from two cameras, one on the ground and another mounted on a drone. The … Here's how planetary scientist Ed Rivera-Valentin described one aspect of Arecibo's importance earlier this year, on NPR's Short Wave podcast: "One of the really neat things about the Arecibo Observatory is that it's a very versatile scientific instrument. The Arecibo Observatory collapsed when its 900-ton receiver platform fell hundreds of feet, smashing through the radio dish below. slated last month to be withdrawn from service, lecture by longtime Cornell astronomy professor Martha Haynes, World-Renowned Arecibo Radio Telescope Set To Be Dismantled. The National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, known for its studies of asteroids and aliens and for its cameo in a James Bond film, collapsed this morning (Dec. 1). "Controlled demolition, designed with a specific collapse sequence determined and implemented with the use of explosives, will reduce the uncertainty and danger associated with collapse. The iconic telescope, which had shut recently after sustaining earthquake damage, has now collapsed. A drone was filming above the site in Puerto Rico when the final disaster struck. Astronomer Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute compared it to learning your high school has burned down or to losing a big brother. Our top priority is maintaining safety. pic.twitter.com/Xjbb9hPUgD. There is no word yet on how this collapse impacts those plans or if the foundation was able to migrate all of the archival data collected by the telescope to off-site servers. This led to the NSF making the decision to decommission the telescope after 57 years. "When we looked outside the control room, we started to see the eventual downfall of the observatory," Vázquez said. Our top priority is maintaining safety. Our focus is now on assessing the damage, finding ways to restore operations at other parts of the observatory, and working to continue supporting the scientific community, and the people of Puerto Rico.". The observatory, which was featured in the James Bond film "GoldenEye," was completed in 1963 and has been helmed by the NSF since 1970. When it broke, the cable crashed into the reflector dish below, causing additional damage. The Arecibo Observatory collapsed when its 900-ton receiver platform fell hundreds of feet, smashing through the radio dish below. The idea for the observatory was conceived in the late 1950s by Cornell University professor William E. Gordon, who was looking to build a huge tool to explore the Earth's atmosphere and the composition of nearby planets and moons. Arecibo's legacy includes the detection of the first binary pulsar in 1974 — a discovery that bolstered a key idea in Einstein's general theory of relativity and that earned two physicists the 1993 Nobel Prize in physics. But they also noted it would take weeks to work out the technical details of a plan. At some point during the night, Arecibo’s receiver platform crashed into its iconic 1,000-foot wide antenna. The agency will also focus on bringing any ongoing scientific and educational support from the observatory back online. It's seen here in November, after a cable damaged its dish. "While life will continue, something powerful and profoundly wonderful is gone," Shostak said. He added that strands of the remaining three cables had been unraveling in recent days, increasing the strain. More recently, Arecibo detected organic molecules in a distant galaxy and discovered the first repeating fast radio burst. Of this calamitous affair, the BBC says: “A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico has collapsed after decades of astronomical discoveries.The US National Science Foundation (NSF) said the telescope’s 900-ton instrument platform fell onto a reflector dish some 450ft (137m) below. No injuries were reported. NSF will release more details when they are confirmed," according to a tweet by the National Science Foundation. Watch as one of the largest radio telescopes in the world comes crashing down. 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