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Arecibo Observatory: Media Resources

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 17:06

Completed in 1963 and stewarded by U.S. National Science Foundation since the 1970s, Arecibo Observatory has contributed to many important scientific discoveries, including the demonstration of gravitational waves from a binary pulsar, the first discovery of an extrasolar planet, composition of the ionosphere, and the characterization of the properties and orbits of a number of potentially hazardous asteroids.
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NSF begins planning for decommissioning of Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope due to safety concerns

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 10:53

UPDATE: NSF has provided a report to Congress, as required by the report language accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, describing “the causes and extent of the damage, the plan to remove debris in a safe and environmentally sound way, the preservation of the associated AO facilities and surrounding areas, and the process for determining whether to establish comparable technology at the site, along with any associated cost estimates.” The investigation of the ...
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NSF on coronavirus

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 17:02

NSF encourages you to take extra precautions to protect yourselves and your families against COVID-19.
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Wed, 02/17/2021 - 13:11

New director takes helm at National Science Foundation

Mon, 01/25/2021 - 14:25

Following in the footsteps of many great science and engineering leaders before him, Sethuraman Panchanathan has been officially appointed and begins work today as the National Science Foundation's 15th director, sharing his vision for his six-year term and promising a continued push for inclusiveness in science and engineering.

"Right now, the world faces significant scientific challenges -- most obviously a pandemic." Panchanathan said. "But in addition to providing creative ...
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NSF selects Kendra Sharp to lead the Office of International Science and Engineering

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 16:22

Sharp has been a faculty member in mechanical engineering at Oregon State University since 2010 and held the Richard and Gretchen Evans Professorship of Humanitarian Engineering from 2015 to 2020. Her research and teaching interests include design for international development, applications of technology in humanitarian engineering, and sustainable water and energy systems. Sharp founded and directs the school's humanitarian engineering program. She also serves as the university’s ...
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Arecibo Observatory’s 305-meter telescope suffers collapse

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 09:04

The instrument platform of the 305-meter telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell at approximately 7:55 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time Dec. 1, resulting in damage to the dish and surrounding facilities.

No injuries were reported as a result of the collapse. The U.S. National Science Foundation ordered the area around the telescope to be cleared of unauthorized personnel since the failure of a cable Nov. 6. Local authorities will keep the area cordoned off as engineers work ...
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