Broken cable damages large radio telescope in Puerto Rico

San Juan, August 12

A damaged cable brought on extreme harm at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, inflicting a suspension of operations for one of many world’s largest single-dish radio telescopes, officers mentioned Tuesday.

The University of Central Florida, which manages the National Science Foundation facility, mentioned in a press release {that a} cable that helps assist a metallic platform broke and brought on a 100-foot (30-meter) gash on a reflector dish.

The college mentioned eight panels within the dome additionally have been broken and the platform used to entry the dome is now twisted.

The assertion mentioned it was unclear why the cable broke. The price of the harm wasn’t instantly identified.

Scientists worldwide use the telescope to detect radio emissions emitted by objects resembling stars and galaxies. It was featured within the Jodie Foster movie “Contact” and the James Bond film “GoldenEye.”— AP

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