Multiple engineering companies reviewed the damage. "As we move forward, we will be looking for ways to assist the scientific community and maintain our strong relationship with the people of Puerto Rico.". The telescope has supported and contributed to important discoveries in radio astronomy as well as planetary and solar system research, including gravitational waves. Our top priority is maintaining safety. After the break on November 6, engineers inspected the rest of the cables and discovered new breaks as well as slippage from some of the sockets on the towers. Like, the dinosaurs — they didn't have a space program, so they didn't get to prepare for anything.". The Arecibo Observatory collapsed on Tuesday and the whole thing was captured on video. The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has collapsed, after weeks of concern from scientists over the fate of what was once the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. At the observatory, we can send and capture light. "NSF is saddened by this development," the agency said. Doing research at the facility was like going to a wonderful summer camp, he wrote in a recent farewell message to Arecibo. Arecibo and Puerto Rico have withstood natural calamities in recent years, including Hurricane Maria in 2017 and a series of earthquakes this year. ", The firm also recommended that this be carried out "as soon as pragmatically possible.". "We are saddened by this situation but thankful that no one was hurt," said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan in a statement. Cables connected to three towers hold the telescope in place. No injuries were reported. Puerto Rico’s massive Arecibo telescope, famous for its stellar contributions to astronomy, collapsed on Tuesday, leaving many among the scientific community in shock and anguish. Here are the images. The latest review revealed that damage to the telescope could not be stabilized without risking staff and the construction team. And because two of the support towers maintained tension as the collapse occurred, some of the falling equipment was yanked across the side of the dish rather than falling straight down through its focal point. The destruction of Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory has been photographed from space. Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released shocking footage of the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. "When we looked outside the control room, we started to see the eventual downfall of the observatory," Vázquez said. The debris from the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory (Image: NSF) The video shows several cables snapping, with debris flying in all angles. The NSF had planned to preserve as much of the observatory as it could to allow the facility to serve as a hub for research and education in the future, as well as restoring operations at the observatory. Astronomer Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute compared it to learning your high school has burned down or to losing a big brother. The telescope underwent major upgrades in the 1970s and 1990s, allowing researchers to expand its role. As we move forward, we will be looking for ways to assist the scientific community and maintain our strong relationship with the people of Puerto Rico," the foundation said in another tweet. The Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Puerto Rico has collapsed By Meghan Bartels 01 December 2020 The hanging structure crashed through Arecibo's radio dish after major cable failures. The world-famous Arecibo Observatory has collapsed. Footage of the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory 305-meter telescope. The instrument platform of the 305m telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell overnight. 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