Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope suffers collapse

Damage sustained at the Arecibo Observatory 305-meter telescope.

The instrument platform of the 305-meter telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell at approximately 7:55 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time Dec. 1, resulting in damage to the dish and surrounding facilities.

No injuries were reported as a result of the collapse. The U.S. National Science Foundation ordered the area around the telescope to be cleared of unauthorized personnel since the failure of a cable Nov. 6. Local authorities will keep the area cordoned off as engineers work

More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=301737&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

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