In August a broken cable that supported a metal equipment platform created a 100-foot (30-meter) gash to the Arecibo radio telescope’s reflector dish. Giant, aging cables that support the radio telescope are in danger of failing, and the National Science Foundation has announced the telescope will be dismantled.

FILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 file photo, provided by the Arecibo Observatory, shows the damage done by a broken cable that supported a metal platform, creating a 100-foot (30-meter) gash to the radio telescope’s reflector dish in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Giant, aging cables that support the radio telescopes are slowly unraveling in this U.S. territory, threatening scientific projects that researchers say can’t be done elsewhere on the planet. (Arecibo Observatory via AP)