The change in management in Arecibo also indicated that the lighting area had a future. In 2011, SRI International – a nonprofit research organization that developed the first computer mouse, inkjet printer, and Siri voice assistant – became superintendent, sharing the work with two other organizations, including Universidad Metropolitana in San Juan. Until this arrangement, the Puerto Rican organization had never been in charge.
While SRI did everything possible to make Arecibo necessary, the NSF was, actively, and disruptive. It published a 300-page report outlining the cost of demolition and rehabilitation, in the event that the building is to be demolished. For observers, the cost of dismissal has been deliberately and in some cases reduced, making it easier for them to make the decision.
The NSF has also announced that the next agency should receive a budget that could be significantly reduced, to $ 2 million a year by 2022. At the end of 2015, senior management, Robert Kerr, who has been involved in the site for a long time, left the NSF and SRI. Perhaps unsurprisingly, SRI did not register for renewal after his contract expired.
As a result, in the summer of 2017 – when I became a veteran of several committees – I moved back to Washington, to sit around a table 1,500 miles from coquís and sadly discuss the bad future of a place I love. This time I come home with hope. The University of Central Florida, an unexpected viewer of the theater, had made the decision to change the game. The university will turn Arecibo into a Florida residential area, giving the government the responsibility to monitor the work of demolition and rehabilitation.
It was dangerous, because the university did not have the expertise to monitor Arecibo’s observatories, and there is no specific tradition of astronomy. Most importantly, the Florida legislature must approve the process, but if it works, observers will eventually have the money to secure their long-term future.
Down? They were the same as we did not gamble: Astronomical observatory, so do not explore astronomy. Or worst of all, a closed screen. In the end, I was surprised that the NSF chose the petition in Florida.
Then in September 2017, Hurricane Maria, which was the fifth-largest hurricane with winds up to 175 mph, hit Puerto Rico, costing the island $ 90 billion. Obviously, the supervisor was lucky. The 100-meter machine was he tore down the tower, damaging the brother’s panels when he fell. For a while, some of the equipment in the valley below the plate is only available with kayak. However, the telescope was collecting data nine days after Maria’s death, before anyone phoned San Juan, as did other employees at Arecibo who were also the first to respond, sharing 14,000 gallons of drinking water a day.
Six months later, the island is still in turmoil, the University of Central Florida captured Arecibo. In June, a team of NSF-appointed scientists decided to design a new, cooler, one-of-a-kind telescope that could map hydrogen gas around nearby galaxies and discover new millisecond pulsars, orbiting neutron stars several times per minute. Designed to be housed in a 2022-year-old museum, the new instrument showed that for some astronomers, the radio telescope played a vital role in the future of the field. In August 2019, NSF released $ 12.3 million in space and space after Mary, and NASA provided UCF with four years, $ 19 million to find objects around Earth. Hope was also in the air.