With Earth’s Largest Telescope Threatened, Its Homeland Rallies

Besides the myriad of invaluable scientific observation it provides, one of Arecibo’s primary missions is the hunt for potential Earth-destroying asteroids. It seems to me that it’s a pretty important mission and worth the budget. As Billy Bob Thornton’s character in Armageddon observed: “…Our object collision budget’s a million dollars; that allows us to track about 3% of the sky, and begging your pardon sir, but it’s a big-ass sky.”

Puerto Ricans speak out about how science and education would suffer if the observatory closes.

Source: With Earth’s Largest Telescope Threatened, Its Homeland Rallies – Phenomena: No Place Like Home

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