Mon. Mar 8th, 2021
Preliminary investigation offers possible cause of Arecibo Observatory telescope collapse

An ongoing of the December of the long-lasting radio at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico gives early proof {that a} manufacturing problem could have contributed to the failure.

The telescope’s large science platform, which weighed in at 900 tons, was suspended above the huge radio dish by three dozen supporting cables. However in August 2020, a type of cables slipped out of its socket; earlier than the failure might be repaired, a second cable snapped outright in November. The U.S. Nationwide Science Basis (NSF), which owns the location, decided that the platform was too unstable to soundly restore and determined to decommission the instrument. Earlier than that might occur, the telescope collapsed by itself on Dec. 1.

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