December 1, 2020

Smashed to pieces: Puerto Rico’s Arecibo telescope collapses

Arecibo (Puerto Rico) (AFP) – The Arecibo¬†Observatory telescope in Puerto Rico, which once starred in a James Bond film, collapsed Tuesday when its 900-ton receiver platform fell 450 feet (140 meters) and smashed onto the radio dish below.Engineers had recently warned of the huge structure’s decrepit condition, and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) announced only last month that it would be dismantled.Two cables that held the platform in place over the radio dish — which measures 1,000 feet (300 meters) in diameter — had snapped this year, and the structure finally gave way on Tuesday…

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