(Photo … Early assessments suggest that the top sections of all three towers holding up the massive platform broke away, causing the structure to fall. Scientists also used Arecibo in 1974 to send out a picture message out into the cosmos, detailing humanity’s achievements for anyone who might be listening. Well things took care of themselves on Tuesday when the telescope collapsed in an uncontrolled structural failure after additional cables snapped. Photo: UCF/Handout via Reuters. You are in the official Facebook page of The Arecibo Observatory. 802 likes. But as engineers were figuring out a path forward for repairs, a second main cable failed on November 6th. The Arecibo Observatory is seen collapsed after one of the main cables holding the structure broke in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on December 1, 2020. Arecibo has also made numerous cameos in television and film, including GoldenEye and Contact. After 57 years of helping to expand human knowledge and understanding of the cosmos, the story of Puerto Rico’s world-famous Arecibo Observatory is coming to an unfortunate end. Arecibo Observatory: Drone footage reveals devastation of collapse FOOTAGE of the moment the famed Arecibo Observatory collapsed has been released, showing the terrifying moment the wires snapped. Arecibo has been a beacon of opportunity in Puerto Rico, and plenty of scientists who have relied on the observatory over the years have expressed … WIRED Opinion publishes articles by outside contributors representing a wide range of viewpoints. Keep going for the full video, as well as a video syncing the two sources up. In the meantime, NSF says it will continue to authorize UCF to pay Arecibo’s staff and the agency will strive to do any remaining research and repairs that it can at the facility. And the scene from GoldenEye also featuring the Arecibo Observatory collapsing. 1 of 7 An aerial view of the damage at the Arecibo Observatory after one of the main cables holding the receiver broke in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. As of today, the petition has more than 36,000 signatures. “We are saddened by this situation but thankful that no one was hurt,” Sethuraman Panchanathan, the director of NSF, said in a statement. Knowing this was imminent, NSF said it planned to demolish Arecibo in a controlled manner, concluding that there was no safe way to save the observatory. The massive Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed in on itself overnight. Unlike the time I accidentally lit my apartment on fire while making a TikTok video but turns out my phone wasn't even recording so instead of getting any cool footage I just became homeless instead. newsletter, had been predicted by engineers after the telescope suffered two major cable malfunctions, a second main cable failed on November 6th. The observatory has been used to identify distant exotic objects like pulsars, as well as to listen for mysterious blasts of radio waves coming from the distant Universe. pic.twitter.com/jWuAwtUc1s. The Arecibo Observatory played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century but had been scheduled for demolition because of pre-existing damage. The inspirational role of Arecibo Observatory has been particularly strong after the site's visitors' center opened in 1997; it hosts more than 100,000 tourists per year, according to the NSF. The Arecibo Observatory as seen by Maxar's WorldView-2 satellite on December 6, 2020. This observatory is operated by SRI International, USRA and UMET, Update December 1st, 1:50PM ET: This story was updated to include information from an NSF press release. Not wanting to see the observatory demolished, a Puerto Rican scientist launched a petition on Change.org to urge the NSF to repair Arecibo. An auxiliary cable helping support a metal platform in place above the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has broken. Dramatic footage of the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory telescope has been released, showing the final moments of the historic scientific instrument. New Delhi: The Arecibo Observatory will close down – and its enormous structure dismantled – after 57 years, following two mishaps that left it on the brink of collapse.. The agency had hoped to demolish the structure before it took place. Engineers found that the other cables could not be guaranteed to hold. In August, the observatory suffered its first major malfunction, when an auxiliary cable came loose from its socket and fell onto the observatory’s dish, punching a large hole in the structure. Why? You can see the debris and the remains of the platform and the Gregorian Dome. The Arecibo Observatory is the science icon for Puerto Rico and we take pride in it because of its impact on Puerto Rico and the world."