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Second Cable Fails at Arecibo, Causing Even More Damage to Famed SETI Dish

Damage to the dish as a result of the August cable failure.

Damage to the dish as a result of the August cable failure.
Image: UCF Today

Another cable has fallen onto the reflector dish at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, in yet another frustrating setback for this beloved facility.

The main support cable of the Arecibo Observatory failed and fell onto the dish below at 7:30 p.m. Puerto Rico time on Friday November 6, reports UCF Today. The extent of the damage is not yet known, but the dish was damaged further, as were some nearby cables. No one was hurt, but a safety zone has been set up around the facility as a precaution. With two failed support cables in three months, it’s imperative that response teams now find a way to stabilize the structure.

File photo showing the observatory as it appeared in the spring of 2019.

File photo showing the observatory as it appeared in the spring of 2019.
Photo: UCF Today

The first incident happened on August

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