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Arecibo weathers the storm

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Hurricane Maria was 2 mph short of category 5 when it made landfall on Puerto Rico on 20 September 2017. The 305 m radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory withstood the storm, suffering only minor structural damage. Staff have worked diligently to return the site to full operations and provide vital services to the surrounding Puerto Rican community.

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The Arecibo Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by SRI International in alliance with Universities Space Research Association and Universidad Metropolitana. The Arecibo Planetary Radar Program is fully funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration through two grants from the Near-Earth Object Observations Program awarded to the Universities Space Research Association.

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  1. Arecibo Observatory, Universities Space Research Association, Arecibo, PR, USA

    • Edgard G. Rivera-Valentín
    •  & Joan T. Schmelz
  2. Lunar and Planetary Institute, Universities Space Research Association, Houston, TX, USA

    • Edgard G. Rivera-Valentín
  3. Deputy Director, Arecibo Observatory, Arecibo, PR, USA

    • Joan T. Schmelz

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