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Nik271

Arecibo to be decommissioned

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That's such a shame.  I hope they can decommission it safely to allow the rest of the facilities to continue to be used.

James

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Probably more of a shame for the livelihood of local  communities due to reduction in direct employment and associated tourism to the immediate area.

There appears to be a consensus that replacement rather than repair would likely be more economic in the long run.  All long term high tech equipment eventually gets superseded by improved technology to the point where maintaining a resource through retrofitting becomes more expensive than starting from fresh.  The Arecibo facility has enjoyed a long and illustrious history but these days things like computer power etc has advanced way beyond the dreams of the times of its launch.  Alternative methods are now possible, things like multi-aperture synthesis on a large scale that would be impossible without modern supercomputers.    🙂      

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