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