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Nadia Drake: NSF investigating how to shut down Arecibo

Emily Lakdawalla • June 13, 2016 • 8

Reporter Nadia Drake has been following the status of Arecibo very closely, and recently wrote two articles explaining what it means that the National Science Foundation has begun an environmental review process for the giant radio telescope.

The Cosmic Microwave Oven Background

David Wilson • April 17, 2015 • 2

Over the past couple of decades the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia has been picking up two types of mysterious signals, each lasting just a few milliseconds. The source of one of these signals may have finally been found—and an unexpected source at that.

How Arecibo Observatory Transmits to the ISEE-3 Spacecraft

Alessondra Springmann • July 16, 2014 • 2

Talking to spacecraft is a normal occurrence at Arecibo Observatory, but sometimes the nuts and bolts are a little unconventional.

The Case of the 5-Millisecond Cosmic Radio Burst

Katherine Mack • May 14, 2014 • 1

Everyone loves a good mystery. In astronomy, there is nothing more exciting than an unexplained signal.

Intro Astronomy 2014. Class 13: Galaxies, the Universe, Life

Bruce Betts • May 08, 2014 • 1

Discover the Universe including the Big Bang, dark matter, dark energy, galaxies, life and more in this video of class 13 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

Green Bank Telescope Helps Out an Old Friend

Tania Burchell • April 28, 2014

The Green Bank Telescope has been called into emergency service to play radar ping-pong on a close-by asteroid with Arecibo Observatory’s 100-meter William E. Gordon radio telescope.

Arecibo Observatory operational after repairs to fix earthquake damage

Alessondra Springmann • April 09, 2014 • 2

Early in the morning on January 13, 2014, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck beneath the Atlantic Ocean north of Puerto Rico, damaging Arecibo Observatory, the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope. The telescope is now operational after repairs and scientists have resumed observations. However, the future of Arecibo Observatory remains unclear due to funding uncertainties in the federal budget.

Returning Explorers

Achim Vollhardt • March 28, 2014 • 3

ICE has been on a journey for over 30 years around our sun. While the owner has decided not to bring the ship back to its home port, a group of radio amateurs tries to find out how ICE is doing.

Spacecraft phone home: Cool Deep Space Network data visualization

Emily Lakdawalla • March 14, 2014 • 5

Check out the awesome new "Deep Space Network Now" page at JPL's Eyes on the Solar System to see just who the many antennas of the Deep Space Network are talking to at this moment.

Intro Astronomy Class 3: Telescopes, the Moon

Bruce Betts • February 21, 2014

Explore optical, radio, and space telescopes and the Moon in the video of class 3 of Bruce Betts' Introduction to Planetary Science and Astronomy class.

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