The National Science Foundation released stunning video footage Thursday that captures exactly the dramatic momentIn the plate that is 1,000 feet wide below. A drone happened to be closely investigating the cables still holding the platform over the dish while the cables were cut off on Tuesday.
The huge radio telescope video shows both the drone footage and the view from the camera in the visitor center that shows the platform falling into a plate above a forest floor in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Two gigantic pieces of concrete towers to which cables were attached can also be seen tumbling down.
Previously two cables had been broken, one in August andDestabilize the telescope.
A drone was inspecting the site at the top of one of the towers, as one of the earlier cables had been interrupted, when the rest were suddenly cut off.
NSF recently decided to shut down the telescope after breaking a second cable in November.
“It was a dangerous situation,” John Abruzzo, who works with an engineering consulting firm called Thornton Tomasetti that has contracted with NSF, told reporters on Thursday. These cables could have failed at any time.
On Tuesday, they did.
The NSF reported that no one was injured in the collapse and that the visitor center sustained only minor damage.
The telescope, which has operated for nearly 60 years, was the backdrop to a dramatic fight scene in the 1995 James Bond movie Golden eye With Pierce Brosnan. She also appeared in the 1997 movie Jodie Foster call. But Arecibo’s true legacy lies in Many scientific discoveries Made it possible. Explore pulsars, expand our knowledge of Mercury, spot exoplanets, and find rapid radio bursts.