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Gut-Wrenching Photos Show Damage at Arecibo Observatory After Collapse


Aerial photo showing a massive gash in the radar dish and the receiving platform resting along the edge of the 1,000-foot-wide (305-meter) structure.

Aerial picture exhibiting an enormous gash within the radar dish and the receiving platform resting alongside the sting of the 1,000-foot-wide (305-meter) construction.
Picture: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP by way of Getty Photographs (Getty Photographs)

As feared, the 900-ton instrument platform collapsed yesterday on the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, falling onto the big radar dish beneath. Photos of the scene are revealing the extent of the harm on the well-known facility, which is thought for contributing to the seek for extraterrestrial intelligence and numerous astronomical discoveries.

The collapse occurred at round 7:55 a.m. native time, because the receiving platform plunged 450 toes (140 meters) all the way down to the 1,000-foot (305-meter) dish beneath, which had already been broken in latest months by fallen cables. No accidents have been reported, however the collapse has prompted appreciable harm to the radar dish and surrounding amenities, together with a studying middle, in line with the U.S. Nationwide Science Basis.

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George Dvorsky