Arecibo telescope, star of the astronomy world, to be decommissioned

Washington (AFP) – The renowned Arecibo telescope in Puerto Rico will be dismantled after 57 years of service due to the rupture of cables that have led to the threat of collapse, the US National Science Foundation announced Thursday.Two cables supporting the 900-ton instruments for the telescope above a radio dish 1,000 feet (305 meters) in diameter broke on August 10 and November 6.Engineers are concerned other cables could also break at any time, making any attempt at repair excessively dangerous.The telescope is one of the largest in the world and has been a tool for many astronomical disc…

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