Legendary Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico to Be Demolished

The National Science Foundation (NSF), which oversees Arecibo, has decided the Arecibo Telescope cannot be repaired without risking human life, which brings an end to its 57 years of astronomical discoveries.

Damaged beyond repair by recent cable failure, the suspended Arecibo telescope will be decommissioned (largely dismantled) before someone gets hurt or killed.

An in-depth article can be found at: https://interestingengineering.com/legendary-arecibo-telescope-in-puerto-rico-to-be-demolished

A link to a PDF reprint of a major EME (Earth-Moon-Earth) Amateur Radio activity can be found at:  https://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/Moonbounce_at_Arecibo.pdf

I did not have time to make a visit to see the telescope on the occasions when I was in Puerto Rico. Guess now there will be just a plaque and some legacy structures.

With the current Radio Telescope designs using large arrays of antennas, rather than a single massive parabolic antenna, it is doubtful a replacement in kind will be built.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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