Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.


He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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Second cable failure further disables Arecibo radio telescope

A second cable at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico has broken, further disabling the radio telescope from operation.

A main cable that supports the Arecibo Observatory broke Friday at 7:39 p.m. Puerto Rico time.

Unlike the auxiliary cable that failed at the same facility on Aug. 10, this main cable did not slip out of its socket. It broke and fell onto the reflector dish below, causing additional damage to the dish and other nearby cables. Both cables were connected to the same support tower. No one was hurt, and engineers are already working to determine the best way to stabilize the structure.

The telescope has been badly crippled since the first cable failure in August.

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4 comments

  • Joe

    We are probably going to lose Arecibo as it is getting increasingly more expensive to keep it running. that would be a real shame. The telescope is not shiny or new and therefore doesn’t get the love it deserves.

  • pzatchok

    This would be an excellent project for a few of our billionaires to take part in instead of donation to that nonexistent global warming problem.

    A half a billion each from 4 or 5 of them could rebuild the thing back to knew or better.
    Plus they can pick project managers and contractors instead of letting some government agency waste the time and money.

  • pzatchok: I immediately thought of Jeff Bezos, who could fund the entire rebuild out of some pocket change from his sales of Amazon stock. And he would be putting the money to much better use than giving it to hardcore global warming political organizations.

  • I would also like to see Arecibo operational, but I think we’d all agree concerning pocketbooks: it’s their money. Make the case.

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