KEVIN ORTIZ CEBALLOS: I think people were just not ready when the first cable snapped to even consider that it might not be there anymore because of how much of a fixture it was. GREENFIELDBOYCE: He could see its three tall support towers standing above the trees. It’s also a famous movie star. All rights reserved. He said:  "It sounded like a rumble. The end of an era came unexpectedly this week when the iconic Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed Dec. 1 exactly one month after its 57th birthday. The Arecibo Observatory, a massive telescope that served as the location for the end of 1995 GoldenEye film and one of the last levels of GoldenEye 007 for … Lots of school kids visit. After decades of aiding astronomical discoveries, the 305-meter telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will be decommissioned after sustaining damage caused by two falling cables. NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. GREENFIELDBOYCE: Kevin Ortiz Ceballos lives in Puerto Rico, where he grew up. The telescope … The enormous Arecibo telescope made scientific discoveries and has been featured in movies. GREENFIELDBOYCE: "Friends," she said. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. The NSF said in a statement: "Initial findings indicate that the top section of all three of the... telescope's support towers broke off. The collapsed Radio Telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The telescope has been a vital instrument for radio astronomers for 57 years. Star Of 'Contact' And 'GoldenEye,' Arecibo Telescope Collapses In Puerto Rico A historic telescope collapsed in Puerto Rico. Scientists have used it to find planets outside our solar system and to search for alien life. Between them, suspended on cables, there used to be a 900-ton instrument platform, but no more. 900 tons of it fell into the dish below. The huge, already damaged Arecibo Observatory, famed for its key role in scientific discoveries as well as appearances in Hollywood films like GoldenEye… He says this telescope was something Puerto Rico could be proud of. Invisible to our eyes, that radio light has wide wavelengths. Filmmakers have used it as scenery for movies like "Contact" and "GoldenEye." The telescope’s wide dish collected radio waves. GREENFIELDBOYCE: News of its demise spread quickly. Watch: huge Arecibo telescope from GoldenEye movie collapses in Puerto Rico Scientists left stunned after relying on what was until recently the largest radio telescope in the world WILBERT RUPERTO: And I'm here in one of these houses overlooking the observatory. "Preliminary assessments indicate the observatory's learning centre sustained significant damage from falling cables.”. GREENFIELDBOYCE: He says seeing it broken is tragic, disastrous. I don't have words to express it. She looked to be in tears. The Arecibo telescope become well-known for its use in films including the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye and the 1997 sci-fi film Contact, with Matthew McConaughey. Two camera angles are shown, one where you see the fall and one by a drone […] The Arecibo Observatory radio telescope, which you might recognize from the GoldenEye James Bond movie, collapsed Tuesday morning due to a mechanical failure. But the telescope may be best known for featuring in the 1995 GoldenEye film - when Pierce Brosnan made his debut as the special agent. And we knew that it was a matter of days. PUERTO RICO (ABC4 News) – The iconic Arecibo radio telescope featured in the James Bond Film ‘Goldeneye’ has collapsed. NELL GREENFIELDBOYCE, BYLINE: The Arecibo radio telescope has a huge collecting dish, a thousand feet wide. The Arecibo Observatory, also known as the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), is an observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico owned by the US National Science Foundation (NSF).. Copyright © 2020 NPR. "While the telescope was a key part of the facility, the observatory has other scientific and educational infrastructure that NSF will work with stakeholders to bring back online”. The … THE famous Arecibo space telescope which featured in the James Bond movie GoldenEye has collapsed in Puerto Rico after mounting safety concerns. It feels like a monument. For more than half a century, the enormous Arecibo telescope searched the skies from its spot in a lush forest of Puerto Rico. Senior Research associate Jonathan Friedman, who lived near the telescope and worked there for 26 years, heard the monumental crash on Tuesday, December 1 at 07.55 local time. The Arecibo telescope become well-known for its use in films including the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye and the 1997 sci-fi film Contact, with Matthew McConaughey. The NSF added: "Top priorities are maintaining safety at the site, conducting a complete damage assessment as quickly as possible, and taking action to contain and mitigate any environmental damage caused by the structure or its materials. The renowned Arecibo Observatory telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed on Tuesday, ... An action scene from the James Bond film "GoldenEye" took place above the telescope, and in the film "Contact" an astronomer played by Jodie Foster used the observatory in her quest for alien signals. Filmmakers have used it as scenery for movies like "Contact" and "GoldenEye." It's a very deep, terrible feeling.". Ada Monzon is a popular TV meteorologist. A huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has long played a key role in astronomical discoveries collapsed on Tuesday, officials said. Senior Research associate Jonathan Friedman, who lived near the telescope and worked there for 26 years, heard the monumental crash on Tuesday, December 1 at 07.55 local time. It quickly became an all-purpose radio observatory - and found the first evidence for an object known as a neutron star. The massive Arecibo Observatory radio telescope, made famous in the James Bond movie GoldenEye and paid homage to in the classic Nintendo 64 game, completely collapsed early Tuesday morning. Trump may issue a wave of pardons TODAY with Julian Assange among possible names, Omar blames Trump's ‘dangerous criminal neglect’ for dad's Covid death, Jill Biden jabs back at critics of doctorate & says she ‘worked hard', Rush to agree 2nd round of stimulus checks before TODAY'S shutdown deadline, Serial sex predator, 31, disguised himself in wig & woman's dress to attack teen, © 2020 THE SUN, US, INC. 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An action scene from James Bond film GoldenEye was filming at the site Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory could still have a future after its vast telescope … Two cables which held the weighty viewing platform had broken since August, forcing officials to close the site. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information. Copy. Last month, it was warned the telescope was “at risk of catastrophic collapse” and that repairs could pose a deadly risk to construction workers. The telescope has also been used to listen for intelligent life elsewhere in the cosmos and to track near-Earth asteroids. The world's second largest single-dish radio telescope was made famous not only for its aid in many scientific discoveries, but also its appearances in the James Bond film and video game GoldenEye, as well as a handful of science fiction films. Share. That's why the National Science Foundation, which owns the telescope, announced it would be decommissioned. The famous observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, featured in the James Bond movie "GoldenEye," has been forced to temporarily close after a broken cable smashed through the side of … Curse of Arecibo strikes again: Now another cable breaks, smashes into America's largest radio telescope *Hums the GoldenEye theme* Katyanna Quach Tue 10 Nov 2020 // 00:47 UTC. I knew exactly what it was. As NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce reports, its sudden end is an emotional blow for many Puerto Ricans. "I have to inform you with my heart in my hand that the Arecibo Observatory collapsed." It also was a central player in a 1997 science-fiction movie called Contact. No injuries were reported after the crash and an investigation has been launched to find out what happened. And the telescope’s fame comes from more than just science. He says since the 1960s, it's been an important part of the island's culture, its only advanced facility for science. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. "I was screaming. The National Science Foundation has released footage of the final moments. The Arecibo telescope become well-known for its use in films including the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye and the 1997 sci-fi film Contact, with Matthew McConaughey. The Arecibo Observatory radio telescope, which you might recognize from the GoldenEye James Bond movie, collapsed Tuesday morning due to a mechanical failure. The enormous Arecibo telescope made scientific discoveries and … A historic telescope collapsed in Puerto Rico. And now we no longer have it. RUPERTO: And be amazed by. Accuracy and availability may vary. He's an astronomer who's used the telescope. RUPERTO: We knew that it could happen. Its collapse is an emotional blow for many Puerto Ricans. The US National Science Foundation said it was “saddened” by the collapse and would look for ways to help “the scientific community and maintain our strong relationship with the people of Puerto Rico". It's explored near-Earth asteroids and studied pulsars. The Arecibo Observatory, a massive telescope in Puerto Rico that has been used in many astronomical discoveries, has unfortunately collapsed. The Arecibo Observatory Telescope Has Collapsed: Seen in the 1995 film 'GoldenEye.' James Bond Movie GoldenEye's Giant Telescope Is Being Shut Down The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is being decommissioned after two accidents this year. Video released on Thursday by the National Science Foundation shows the moment a huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed. A massive radio telescope made famous as the backdrop for a pivotal scene in James Bond film "GoldenEye" and other Hollywood hits was found suddenly out … “As the 900-ton instrument platform fell, the telescope's support cables also dropped. Giant Arecibo telescope from GoldenEye movie to shut down The dish has two holes in it following snapped cables earlier this year that have been ruled too unsafe to fix Scientists have used it to find planets outside our solar system and to search for alien life. He expects there will be widespread support for rebuilding. (AP/PTI Photo) Puerto Rico’s massive Arecibo telescope, famous for its stellar contributions to astronomy, collapsed on Tuesday, leaving many among the scientific community in shock and anguish.The collapse was devastating also for many Puerto Ricans, for whom the observatory was culturally significant. But Ruperto, who's a student at the University of Puerto Rico, helped organize a campaign to save it. The facility consists of a giant telescope bowl in the Arecibo forest, with an 816-tonne reflector dish suspended 137 metres above it by a series of cables. Arecibo Observatory telescope collapses 00:37. An historic telescope has collapsed. Arecibo space telescope where James Bond film GoldenEye and Jodie Foster movie Contact filmed to close down over collapse fears This morning, it came crashing 450 feet down, smashing onto the massive dish. NELL GREENFIELDBOYCE, BYLINE: The Arecibo radio telescope has a huge collecting dish, a thousand feet wide. The monumental crash came just weeks after officials decided to dismantle the telescope over safety fears. One of the largest telescopes in the world, the observatory's 900-ton instrument platform fell 450ft onto the reflector dish below on December 1, creating a devastating hole in the structure. The telescope was already scheduled to be demolished because, here’s the kicker, of fears it would collapse. GREENFIELDBOYCE: The telescope's aging structural cables had been snapping in recent months. The famous telescope was built in the 1960s with the aim of studying the ionised upper part of the Earth’s atmosphere. Pierce Brosnan's 007 scales the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico while fighting villain Alec Trevelyn, played by Sean Bean, in one of the film's closing scenes. And that's certainly a big loss for the island. The Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, once the largest radio telescope in the world made famous by appearances in films including ''Goldeneye,'' ''Species,'' and ''Contact,'' will have to be demolished because failures in cables have left its instrument platform suspended above the reflecting dish too unstable to repair. It figured in the James Bond action film, GoldenEye. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. And as … The Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed this week after several months of mechanical trouble. 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