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Author Topic: Arecibo Telescope RIP  (Read 210 times)
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« on: December 02, 2020, 06:46:26 am »

As I noted in the Departed Cultural Icons thread:
Arecibo Telescope (1960-2020), cosmic observer, planetary defender and star of such movies as GoldenEye (1995) and Contact (1997). As of November 19, 2020, the big dish is to be decommissioned and demolished, hopefully in that order.
Unfortunately, it didn't happen in that order. This morning (1 December) around 8:00 local time, the remaining cables on one side of the platform gave way, dropping the 900-ton feed platform to the ground.
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2020, 02:39:44 pm »

The US National Science Foundation, operators of the Arecibo Observatory, have released some frightening video of the telescope's last moments.

Footage of Arecibo Observatory collapse
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2020, 03:08:03 pm »

Saw the footage on the BBC, This was used as a setting in the film Contact with Jodie Foster if my memory serves.......?
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2020, 04:47:10 pm »

Saw the footage on the BBC, This was used as a setting in the film Contact with Jodie Foster if my memory serves.......?

And The X-Files.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2020, 11:19:20 pm »

Sean Bean died there. Mind you, I think his characters die everywhere.

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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2020, 07:09:27 am »

The cables were heavy enough to seriously damage one of the facilities at the observatory. The engineers were right. It was a danger to the NSF staff in the facility.
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2020, 01:21:25 pm »

Sean Bean died there. Mind you, I think his characters die everywhere.

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