Management


Management

Dear Arecibo Observatory Community,

Thank you for taking the time to read through our Arecibo Newsletter and to learn about the ongoing projects, new opportunities, and incredible work our staff continues to do. As we navigate the “new” normal with COVID-19, we are proud that the Arecibo Observatory maintains its legacy of strong educational programs and continues to both collect new, exciting science with our active telescopes and other facilities,  and produce new scientific results using the archival data from the 305-meter telescope.

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Management

On December 1, 2020, the 57 year old 305-meter Arecibo Telescope structure collapsed after a series of failures of the supporting cables. The suspended platform struck the ground and the side of the natural depression in which it was constructed, with most of the scientific instruments housed beneath the azimuth arm badly damaged. The University of Central Florida (UCF) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF) chartered the Arecibo Observatory Survey Salvage Committee (AOSSC) to work with the Observatory management and the contractor managing the emergency cleanup activities to identify possible items of historic significance that could be found within the wreckage, to suggest which large sections of the structural framework to retain, and to make initial recommendations about conservation, display, and educational outreach aspects of the retrieved material. + Read More

Management

The Facilities and Operations Team has been working in collaboration with the Education & Public Outreach Team in diverse innovative projects across the site for the reopening of the Science and Visitor Center. New experiences for the visitors focus on STEAM education have been developed, such as interpretative trails combining our unique karst region’s flora and fauna, integrating the long steps towards the SVC as a new experience incorporating the existing planets across the path with vibrant colors providing an art educational experience and the development of various stations, like Mars and Jupiter Station. + Read More

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