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Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Aricebo Will not be Rebuilt

 I had an involvement with data from Arecibo, sad to see this go.  Are we getting data from China?   Much more detail at the li

Space scientists lament loss, say it won't be the same without actual working instruments

By Thomas Claburn in TheRegister

Mon 17 Oct 2022 // 20:10 UTC

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has decided not to rebuild Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, shut down in August 2020 due to damage accrued three years earlier.

In its place, the NSF has solicited bids to create "a new multidisciplinary, world-class educational center" for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Arecibo Center for STEM Education and Research (ACSER), as center is being called, "would serve as a hub for STEM discovery and exploration by building upon existing programs and opportunities currently in place at the Arecibo Observatory site, while also creating and implementing new STEM education, research, and outreach programs and initiatives," the solicitation says.

The Arecibo Observatory was completed in 1963. At 305 metres (1,000 feet), its main instrument, the Arecibo radio telescope, was the largest single-aperture telescope until 2016 when it was surpassed by China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST, or Tianyan). The observatory has played a role in numerous significant scientific discoveries, including the finding of the first binary pulsar.  .... '

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