A broken cable caused severe damage to Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, leading to the suspension of operations of one of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescopes, officials said on Tuesday.The University of Central Florida, which operates the National Science Foundation facilities, said in a statement that a cable that helps support a metal platform broke and caused a 30-meter cut on a satellite dish. reflector. The university said eight panels of the dome were also damaged and the platform used to access the dome was now crooked.
The statement said the reason for the cable break is unclear. The cost of the damage was not immediately known.
Scientists around the world use the telescope to detect radio emissions emitted by objects such as stars and galaxies. He was featured in Jodie Foster’s film Contact and the James Bond film Golden eye.