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Suspended telescope from ‘GoldenEye’ needs repair after earthquake damages cable

14
Feb
2014

As if it didnt appear perilous enough already, the Arecibo Observatorys telescope — famously known as the setting to GoldenEyes final fight — is now hanging by one fewer sturdy support after an earthquake last month seriously damaged one of its cables. According to Universe Today, the iconic telescopes receiver is suspended 450 feet above its dish by 18 cables. One of those 18 cables was apparently known to be problematic due to its rigidity, and it was that cable that was damaged after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake began in Puerto Rico just 37 miles away. Repairs will be relatively inexpensive for now — reportedly less than $100,000 — but the observatory intends to use this opportunity to begin a series of longer-term repairs that will presumably bring the damaged cable up to the caliber of the remaining 17.

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