Short Wave: The Arecibo Telescope Is Damaged — And That's A Big Deal

In early August, a cable snapped at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, causing substantial damage to one of the largest single-dish radio telescopes in the world.

Planetary scientist Edgard Rivera-Valentín explains what’s at stake until the damage can be repaired and the unique role the telescope plays in both scientific research and popular culture.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brit Hanson, fact-checked by Viet Le and edited by Deborah George.

 

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