… The world-famous Arecibo Observatory has collapsed. Engineers were assessing how to carry out a controlled demolition when the third cable snapped, bringing down the instrument platform. On Thursday the NSF … (CNN) The instrument platform of the 305-meter telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed overnight, according to the National Science Foundation. 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. 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. 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). 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. "I want to express how deeply saddened we are here," said Ralph Gaume, director of astronomy at the National Science Foundation. 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. As you know, safety has always been and continues to be our top priority. Watch the Arecibo Observatory’s catastrophic collapse! Four cables are seen in the center of this video. The Arecibo Observatory's iconic radio telescope collapsed Tuesday morning. This video was taken from the vantage point of the Arecibo operations building (Building 1), where the Arecibo telescope operators conduct telescope operations. Another view came from a drone stationed just above support Tower 4 where two cables failed on August 10 and November 6. 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. This is the moment the receiver of the telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell and damaged the reflector dish earlier this week. The M4-3 cable does not appear to have any broken wires at the beginning of this video. Four seconds later the entire M4-2 cable appears to disintegrate. Why is he fundraising for it? "And it was a very dangerous and precarious situation, because (the remaining cables) could have gone really at any time.". In the video… Footage of Arecibo Observatory telescope collapse - YouTube 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. Credit: Courtesy of the Arecibo Observatory, a U.S. National Science Foundation facilityVideo 1. 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. ", 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. National Science Foundation/University of Central Florida, California Privacy/Information We Collect. With support no longer provided by Tower 4 cables, one second later, the corner of the platform begins to drop. "And NSF is very thankful that no one was hurt. The video, captured on … At 7:53:51 local time Tuesday morning, the 900-ton collection module fell 500 feet into the dish. Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) released shocking footage of the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Video shows collapse of giant Arecibo observatory. Newly released videos show how the telescope's 900-ton suspended platform crashed into the bowl-shaped dish below. / CBS News. The NSF released footage taken from two cameras, one on the ground and another mounted on a drone. The dramatic collapse was captured on video, showing the mammoth structure falling in the early morning, after the last of its cables unraveled. A remote camera and drone caught the massive Puerto Rican Arecibo telescope as it collapsed on December 1. First published on December 3, 2020 / 2:42 PM. The collapse … Biden's inauguration will be virtual. Watch as one of the largest radio telescopes in the world comes crashing down. 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. 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 … The Arecibo Observatory had been slated last month to be withdrawn from service, with the NSF citing the risk of an "uncontrolled collapse… Footage of the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory 305-meter telescope. Gut-wrenching pictures and video documented the beginning of the end for one of the world’s most iconic telescopes. The Arecibo Observatory telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed just weeks after engineers decided it was too dangerous to repair. 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. 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. 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. The telescope collapsed earlier this month, following damaged inflicted by … 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. As the drone's camera looked on, another support cable unraveled and suddenly snapped. Updated on: December 3, 2020 / 8:28 PM An instant later, the support platform began falling toward the dish 45 stories below. The dramatic collapse was captured on video, showing the mammoth structure falling in the early morning, after the last of its cables unraveled. 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. 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 … ET The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has collapsed, after weeks of concern from scientists over the fate of what was 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. 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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. 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 … Dramatic video shows collapse at iconic Arecibo Observatory Updated on Dec. 4 at 11:30 a.m. © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. The three lower cables are, from left to right, M4-1, M4-2, and M4-3. And once those fail, the platform then loses stability and starts to come down.". 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. 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 … "You can see, I hope, the cables that go from the top of Tower 4 to the platform. 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. 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. The destruction of Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory has been photographed from space. 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 … ‘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. Astronomers knew the clock was ticking for the iconic Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. It’s really sad to see something so big and so complicated come to a crashing end. 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. 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. The 900-ton platform suspended above the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico came crashing down, a scenario that many engineers suspected might happen. After that, the 328 ft long bow-shaped azimuth arm and Gregorian dome begin to separate from the platform. Arecibo's … "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. Tower 4, the location of the August 10th auxiliary cable failure and the Nov 6th main cable failure, stands vertically to the left of center. 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. 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. The Arecibo Observatory, made famous as the backdrop for a pivotal scene in the James Bond film "GoldenEye" and other Hollywood hits, had been … The fate of the top section of Tower 12, off the frame to the left, is similar to that of Tower 4. ARECIBO, Puerto Rico — Video released on Thursday by the National Science Foundation shows the moment a huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed. 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. At the center of the video is the telescope platform, including the Gregorian dome. 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. 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'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 … 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. He covered 129 space shuttle missions, every interplanetary flight since Voyager 2's flyby of Neptune and scores of commercial and military launches. 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. Did you know that the world-famous Arecibo Observatory had a catastrophic collapse and destroyed most of itself? 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. The top section of Tower 12, near the Visitor Center, can be seen tumbling down the hill to the left of the operations building. The top cable does not support the telescope platform, but instead supports the catwalk described in the narrative for the previous video. The collapsed Arecibo Observatory holds a place in video game history thanks to 'Goldeneye 007', 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. ... And so it's those cables that fail near the tower top first. 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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. Video shows collapse of giant Arecibo observatory. No … 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.". "We knew that it was just a matter of time," said Abruzzo. 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