Arecibo Telescope Collapses

“We heard a loud sound, a loud bang outside the control room. We started to see the eventual downfall of the observatory.”
– Ángel Vázquez, Arecibo’s chief of telescope operations, on the collapse of the 900-tonne telescope platform that hung above the radio dish. After two broken cables put the platform in “danger of catastrophic failure,” it gave away at 8 am local time, falling 140 meters into the iconic structure below.

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