posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 08:05 AM
The Arecibo radio-telescope was my neighbor and a regular haunt of mine for several years. The technology, while sadly lagging at the time, and it's
upkeep were the domain of Cornell University as well as some other affiliated higher education organizations. The government was in charge overall,
as such devices are major components of the national scientific landscape, especially when it represented a hitherto unequaled scope and size.
During that time, local engineers were constantly giving their all to keep the elements and time from reeking havoc on the superstructure, and the
scientists, God bless them, were ever so gently eeking out any data they could without stressing the system.
It may be that the upgrade would be better served by a period of inactivity, but over a decade? By the time they got around to the refurbishment,
almost everything installed will be obsolete. This is just another indicator of the lack of attention our government is guilty of; many of our
infrastructure projects are not maintained, nor are they considered worthy of effort, unless they represent profit for the corporate regime or it's
I hope they manage to keep it running, I will contact my congressman for some support.
Besides, where will the chupacabra hang out if not there?