No … The National Science Foundation (NSF), the agency that oversees the telescope, announced the unfortunate turn of events on Tuesday. Credit: Courtesy of the Arecibo Observatory, a U.S. National Science Foundation facilityVideo 1. Engineers had pronounced the second-largest radio dish in the world to be on the brink of collapse and too dangerous to try to repair.. At 7:55 a.m. local time … Author: DÁNICA COTO Associated Press Published: 1:01 AM EST December 4, 2020 Updated: 1:01 AM EST December 4, 2020 ARECIBO, Puerto Rico — A huge, already damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical … This video was taken from the vantage point of the Arecibo operations building (Building 1), where the Arecibo telescope operators conduct telescope operations. On Thursday the NSF … "You can see the platform suspended in the center of the screen, you see off in the distance, just to the left of center, is Tower 4," said John Abruzzo, a manager at Thornton Tomasetti, an engineering company called in before the collapse to assess the structure. Biden's inauguration will be virtual. Watch as one of the largest radio telescopes in the world comes crashing down. Based at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Harwood is a devoted amateur astronomer and co-author of "Comm Check: The Final Flight of Shuttle Columbia.". … ", Watch the moment the iconic Arecibo Observatory radio telescope – once the largest in the world – collapsed in Puerto Rico https://t.co/7IHixmuzDD pic.twitter.com/yMyYDV7Olu. The first indication of the coming failure is the breaking of another M4-2 wire, accompanied by a puff of “smoke” and chips of paint flying away from the surface of the cable. The National Science Foundation’s Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, known for its studies of asteroids and aliens and for its cameo in a James Bond film, collapsed this morning (Dec. 1). The Arecibo Observatory, made famous as the backdrop for a pivotal scene in the James Bond film "GoldenEye" and other Hollywood hits, had been … Footage of Arecibo Observatory telescope collapse - YouTube A pre-collapse view of the Arecibo Observatory's 900-ton instrument platform, suspended 45 stories above the radio telescope's 1,000-foot-wide dish antenna. Engineers were assessing how to carry out a controlled demolition when the third cable snapped, bringing down the instrument platform. In the video… Watch the Arecibo Observatory’s catastrophic collapse! The M4-3 cable does not appear to have any broken wires at the beginning of this video. Already slated for demolition in the wake of two earlier cable failures, the sudden collapse on December 1 marked the end of the road for an observatory that once was the largest such facility in the world. Why is he fundraising for it? The world-famous Arecibo Observatory has collapsed. Four cables are seen in the center of this video. ... And so it's those cables that fail near the tower top first. Footage of the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory 305-meter telescope. The NSF released footage taken from two cameras, one on the ground and another mounted on a drone. Did you know that the world-famous Arecibo Observatory had a catastrophic collapse and destroyed most of itself? "And it was a very dangerous and precarious situation, because (the remaining cables) could have gone really at any time.". The top cable does not support the telescope platform, but instead supports the catwalk described in the narrative for the previous video. A remote camera and drone caught the massive Puerto Rican Arecibo telescope as it collapsed on December 1. 2 of 7 This still photo taken from a video courtesy of the Arecibo Observatory, a US National Science Foundation facility shows the collapse at the Arecibo Observatory … Video shows collapse of giant Arecibo observatory. ET The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has collapsed, after weeks of concern from scientists over the fate of what was He covered 129 space shuttle missions, every interplanetary flight since Voyager 2's flyby of Neptune and scores of commercial and military launches. Note that a number of individual wire strands of the M4-1 and M4-2 cables are noticeably broken at the beginning of this video. The auxiliary cables were added in the 90’s to support the added weight of the Gregorian dome. One view, from a camera on the roof of the observatory's control center, showed the instrument platform crashing to Earth, along with the top 60 feet of two reinforced concrete cable support towers that were ripped away. Engineers were developing repair plans when one of the main 3-inch-wide support cables attached to the same tower unexpectedly snapped on November 6. Astronomers knew the clock was ticking for the iconic Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. The collapsed Arecibo Observatory holds a place in video game history thanks to 'Goldeneye 007', The drone operator managed to turn the camera in time to capture the moment of impact and the failures of the other two support towers. Copyright © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. The catwalk, used to walk from the ground up to the top of the platform, is seen to extend from the left side of the frame to the top of the platform. National Science Foundation/University of Central Florida, California Privacy/Information We Collect. The three lower cables are, from left to right, M4-1, M4-2, and M4-3. After that, the 328 ft long bow-shaped azimuth arm and Gregorian dome begin to separate from the platform. This video, that starts with a view of the top of Tower 4, was taken from the vantage point of an Arecibo Observatory drone, utilized for monitoring the condition of Tower 4 support cables. The Arecibo Observatory was made up of a fixed 1,000-foot dish antenna built into a natural depression that reflected radio waves or radar beams up to the receiver array suspended 450 feet above by cables stretching from three support towers. At 7:53:51 local time Tuesday morning, the 900-ton collection module fell 500 feet into the dish. Next the support cables from Tower 12, off the frame to the left, slice through the middle of the catwalk, which comes crashing down into the dish. The 900-ton platform suspended above the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico came crashing down, a scenario that many engineers suspected might happen. One of the largest telescopes collapses in Pu... 50 years of tax cuts for the rich didn't trickle down, study says, Employers can bar unvaccinated workers, government says, The opportunity to blow up Trump's former casino is up for auction, 8 nuns die of COVID-19 in one week at Wisconsin convent, Video shows slain officer fighting "to the end" in bar massacre. It’s really sad to see something so big and so complicated come to a crashing end. Newly released videos show how the telescope's 900-ton suspended platform crashed into the bowl-shaped dish below. With support no longer provided by Tower 4 cables, one second later, the corner of the platform begins to drop. With the Tower 12 cables, off the frame to the left, and Tower 8 cables, off the frame to the right, still connected to the platform, the platform swings down toward a point mid-way between the two towers. ‘Tragic day for astronomy’: Nat’l Science Foundation releases video of Arecibo Observatory collapse Posted at 1:15 pm on December 3, 2020 by Doug P. The Arecibo Observatory telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed just weeks after engineers decided it was too dangerous to repair. Four seconds later the entire M4-2 cable appears to disintegrate. Next a small puff of “smoke” can be seen emanating from the top of Tower 4, which is the beginning of the failure of Main Cable M4-2, followed by M4-1 and M4-3 and the remaining Tower 4 auxiliary cable. The video, captured on … Arecibo's … As you know, safety has always been and continues to be our top priority. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), which oversees the Arecibo Observatory site in Puerto Rico, posted a video (above) showing the platform’s sudden collapse from … Bill Harwood has been covering the U.S. space program full-time since 1984, first as Cape Canaveral bureau chief for United Press International and now as a consultant for CBS News. The drone operator then swings the drone around to view the reflector dish and fallen platform, azimuth arm, Gregorian dome, and the falling cables and catwalk. The NSF released footage taken from two cameras, one on the ground and another mounted on a drone. Because of the strain on the remaining cables, engineers concluded the system could not be safely repaired and the NSF announced on November 19 that the observatory would be decommissioned. Next the seven Tower 4 backstay cables that connect the top of Tower 4 to the ground begin to pull the top section of Tower 4 to the ground. Updated on Dec. 4 at 11:30 a.m. The Arecibo Observatory's iconic radio telescope collapsed Tuesday morning. / CBS News. The top section of Tower 12, near the Visitor Center, can be seen tumbling down the hill to the left of the operations building. An instant later, the support platform began falling toward the dish 45 stories below. The top section of Tower 12 is seen entering the top left corner of the frame and then, tumbling down the hill, to rest in front of the operations building. "We knew that it was just a matter of time," said Abruzzo. The collapse … "I want to express how deeply saddened we are here," said Ralph Gaume, director of astronomy at the National Science Foundation. Less than two weeks after the announcement that the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico would be permanently decommissioned, as fraying support cables accelerated the possibility of spectacular collapse, the telescope’s internal tensions exceeded their bounds. Trees in the left of the frame suffer considerable damage as they are sliced by the falling Tower 12 top section and cables.Video 2 This video, which starts with a view of the top of Tower 4, was taken from the vantage point of an Arecibo Observatory drone, utilized for monitoring the condition of Tower 4 support cables. Agency overseeing U.S. nuclear weapons hacked in huge cyberattack, States say they're receiving fewer doses of vaccine than expected, Supreme Court: It's too early to review Trump's census plan, Judge: Strip club ruling on COVID rules applies to restaurants, Iran building something new at underground nuclear site, FDA warns of hidden ingredients in "male enhancement" and diet pills, Epstein associate's arrest brings alleged victims "tears of joy", Kamala Harris to campaign in Georgia next week, Free-meal program may end even as many Americans go hungry. Watch as one of the largest radio telescopes in the world comes crashing down. And once those fail, the platform then loses stability and starts to come down.". © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. Operating for more than half a century, the observatory played a significant role observing deep space targets, bodies in the solar system and, at an adjacent facility using powerful lasers, the composition and behavior of Earth's upper atmosphere. The Arecibo Observatory had been slated last month to be withdrawn from service, with the NSF citing the risk of an "uncontrolled collapse… The Tower 12 backstay cables that connect the top of Tower 12 to the ground cause damage behind Tower 12, well away from the edge of the telescope dish. Video shows the moment the receiver of the telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell and damaged the reflector dish on December 1. At the center of the video is the telescope platform, including the Gregorian dome. The fate of the top section of Tower 12, off the frame to the left, is similar to that of Tower 4. The telescope collapsed earlier this month, following damaged inflicted by … The dramatic collapse was captured on video, showing the mammoth structure falling in the early morning, after the last of its cables unraveled. Dramatic video released Thursday shows the catastrophic failure of a support cable and the subsequent 450-foot plunge of a 900-ton lattice-like instrument platform onto the iconic Arecibo radio telescope's huge dish antenna. "You can see, I hope, the cables that go from the top of Tower 4 to the platform. While the dish itself only moved with Earth's rotation, the instrument platform featured a steerable receiver pallet that allowed astronomers to observe targets up to 40 degrees away from the telescope's vertical axis. Gut-wrenching pictures and video documented the beginning of the end for one of the world’s most iconic telescopes. But on August 10, an auxiliary cable pulled free of its socket on support tower 4 and crashed down onto the dish below, ripping a 100-foot-long gash. "And NSF is very thankful that no one was hurt. Watch Crazy Drone Footage of the Arecibo Observatory Collapse (Video) Telescope featured in “Goldeneye” and “Contact” collapsed Dec. 1 Ross A. The National Science Foundation, which operates the Arecibo Observatory through the University of Central Florida, unveiled video of the collapse Thursday during a Zoom update with reporters. The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has collapsed, after weeks of concern from scientists over the fate of what was once the world's largest single-dish radio telescope. Another view came from a drone stationed just above support Tower 4 where two cables failed on August 10 and November 6. Dramatic video shows collapse at iconic Arecibo Observatory Author: DÁNICA COTO Associated Press Published: 1:01 AM EST December 4, 2020 Updated: 1:01 AM EST December 4, 2020 ARECIBO, Puerto Rico — A huge, already damaged radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical … ARECIBO, Puerto Rico — Video released on Thursday by the National Science Foundation shows the moment a huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed. Updated on: December 3, 2020 / 8:28 PM (CNN) The instrument platform of the 305-meter telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed overnight, according to the National Science Foundation. The dramatic collapse was captured on video, showing the mammoth structure falling in the early morning, after the last of its cables unraveled. The failure of M4-2 is followed a fraction of a second later by the failure of M4-1, followed a fraction of a second later by the failure of M4-3. Video shows collapse of giant Arecibo observatory. 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