Maria, Cbo Observatory, Jodie Foster discussed on Morning Edition

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One of the world's largest radio telescopes in normally hums 247 gathering faint signals from objects in outer space are bouncing radar off asteroids but as empires pierce got newman reports hurricane maria has knocked the facility offline the era cbo observatory used to be the kind of place known mostly to scientists that is until it was the backdrop for the 1997 film contact after jodie foster played an astronomer whose team intercepts a mysterious signal from deep space i got an untested harry cbo is a one thousand foot dish sitting like a bull in a giant sinkhole as the observatory staff sheltered in place the storm's one hundred mph winds whipped through the surrounding hills and rattled a huge antenna suspended above the main dish sending it crashing down one of the radar systems with loss of my shell and maybe punctured the dishing with he places air siebe was built in the '60s and has numerous first to its credit it found the first planets around other stars it was also the first telescope to imagine asteroid it's still track socalled near earth objects that pass uncomforably close lance dinner of the jet propulsion laboratory has travelled to era cbo dozens of times he says he'd like to see the observatory back on line as soon as possible and harris ubuntu has on parallel cancer timite iran r kelly i mean it by harlem and bitter upon a turn radar and world until recently the aging facility was the world's largest single dish radiotelescope that's a status it lost to a new instrument in china and even before hurricane maria it's funding was in question jim all the studies with the national science foundation which funds the facility he says it's doing excellent science but it elorza uh overall fleet of dang that will fong day we go out late choi than we keep finding everything that at all the good news is that most of the telescopes equipment should still work once power is restored scott newman npr news.

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