These photos of the Arecibo Observatory telescope collapse are just heartbreaking

Gut-wrenching pictures and video documented the beginning of the end for one of the world’s most iconic telescopes. 

The National Science Foundation’s Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, known for its studies of asteroids and aliens and for its cameo in a James Bond film, collapsed this morning (Dec. 1). The 900-ton platform that hung above the radio dish fell 450 feet (140 meters) into the structure below around 8 a.m. local time, causing massive damage documented online.

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