Help Save Iconic Arecibo Observatory #SpaceSaturday
As we’ve reported earlier, the iconic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico needs repairs. It had previously been reported that the observatory will be destroyed, but thanks to efforts from Puerto Rico’s representative in the US Congress, Jennifer González-Colón and a petition from Jorge Santiago Ortiz, the news of Arecibo’s demise may be premature. Please have a look at the petition and contact representatives on the US Senate Committee on Appropriations — especially if they happen to be from your state!
I’m tracking an online petition conceived by Jorge Santiago Ortiz that challenges the National Science Foundation: Repair the Arecibo Observatory, do not decommission it. Given Friday’s news of the planned shutdown due to problems with support cables and the dangers of possible repairs, it’s good to see an effort being made to explore the possible. Ortiz points out that the observatory employs more than 120 people, is visited by some 200 scientists every year working on research projects, and draws 100,000 visitors yearly from the general population.
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