The Nationwide Science Basis received’t rebuild the Arecibo Observatory telescope

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The Nationwide Science Basis (NSF) received’t rebuild the huge Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico following its collapse in late 2020. The company as an alternative plans to construct an training middle targeted on STEM training and outreach, according to an NSF announcement.

The Arecibo Observatory was an essential instrument for deep-space remark and featured in movies equivalent to Contact and GoldenEye. However in August 2020, an auxiliary cable fell, with one other cable failing in November. The NSF feared that others might need adopted, which might have put Arecibo in danger, and stated that it deliberate to demolish the observatory. However earlier than that would occur, Arecibo collapsed in on itself.

The unnamed new middle is about to open someday in 2023. The NSF is soliciting proposals to handle “the training, STEM analysis, and outreach features of the middle.” The investigation into what led to the collapse of Arecibo is ongoing, the Associated Press reports.

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