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Old 11-24-2020, 10:00 AM
 
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Has anyone asked why the telescope was abandoned?
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Old 11-24-2020, 12:00 PM
 
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Does anyone know why they abandoned the telescope?
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Old 11-25-2020, 10:16 AM
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I think the reason you haven't received a response from anyone is that on the very first article it clearly states that the partial collapse and the unsafe nature for repairing it explains the decision to close it forever.
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Old 11-25-2020, 12:36 PM
 
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If the telescope was abandoned because of partial collapse, then why did they let it collapse? Had it lost its purpose? Had telescopes, like the one in Chile made more sense? A telescope of this magnitude just wouldn’t disappear without a reason.
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Old 11-25-2020, 01:56 PM
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The same article mentions that no one suspected the initial cable would give way, let alone the second cable in this month. It seems you haven't read any of the articles since the answer to your questions are right there.
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Old 11-28-2020, 01:19 AM
 
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Technology. It is what it is. Out with the old and in with the new.
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Old 12-01-2020, 02:52 AM
 
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there goes PR STEM. Need to build a spaceport at vieques ASAP.
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Old 12-01-2020, 11:50 AM
Status: "177th Anniversary of Freedom!" (set 3 days ago)
 
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Today the whole thing finished collapsing. This is truly sad. I wished part of the telescope dish would remain suspended in the air with the remaining wires holding it, but apparently that wasn't meant to be.

"Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapses as engineers feared
The telescope’s 900-ton platform came crashing down overnight"

https://www.theverge.com/2020/12/1/2...rico-telescope


https://finance.yahoo.com/news/areci...173522919.html
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Old 12-01-2020, 05:44 PM
 
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I find the picture quite metaphorical to the island's socio-political arc of the past 40 years.
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Old 12-01-2020, 10:14 PM
 
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Well, it had to come down one way or another. It was going to be demolished anyway. I'm glad it didn't land on people or kids. The Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner said back in August/2019 that she got 12.3 million dollars in federal aid for Arecibo's maintenance. Where did the 12.3 million go? it wasn't to fix anything if the whole telescope fell down in normal weather. Add to the long list of trying to find where the money go.
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