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This photo, provided by the Arecibo Observatory, shows the damage done by a broken cable that supported a metal platform, creating a 100-meter gill in the reflective plate of the Arecibo, Puerto Rico telescope.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A broken cable caused extensive damage to Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, causing a suspension of operations for one of the world’s largest single-plate telescopes, officials said on Tuesday.
The University of Central Florida, which administers the National Science Foundation structure, said in a statement that a cable that helps support a metal platform broke and caused a 100-foot (30-meter) gills in a reflecting plate. The university said eight panels in the dome were also damaged and the platform used to enter the dome was distorted.
The statement said it was unclear why the cable broke. The cost of the damage was not immediately known.
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