Giant Puerto Rico radio telescope collapses

A giant radio telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed weeks after it closed down due to previous damage.

The telescope’s 900-ton receiver platform crashed onto the reflector dish more than 400 feet below on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. No one was hurt during the collapse.

Less than two weeks ago, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced that the telescope, which had played key roles in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century, would close after an auxiliary cable broke in August, resulting in a 100-foot hole in the selector dish. In early November, another cable snapped, causing additional damage.

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