Moment iconic Arecibo telescope collapsed caught in jaw-dropping footage
RT, 05 Dec 2020
Another one bites the dust.
Newly released footage shows the dramatic final moments of the Arecibo Observatory – the second-largest radio telescope on Earth – which collapsed earlier this week, in yet another major loss for humanity in 2020.
The impending doom of the structure has been expected for a while now, since the auxiliary support cables first snapped in August, then in November, and now the cables connecting the hanging platform also gave way, leading to the catastrophic crash.
The telescope had been used to send and detect waves radio waves from and send waves to outer space. In 1974, Arecibo sent the Earth’s most powerful broadcast, to see if any aliens might answer the call. It never heard back.
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