Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Arecibo may be closed

Checked the notices from BOINC. I had heard about this a week or so ago... Heard some people talking about the big dish. Old tech, to be sure.

Arecibo still threatened with closure.

Recently the NSF announced its intent to start the process which could lead to the partial shutdown, mothballing, or complete dissembly of the Arecibo Observatory. As most of you know, this is not a new discussion in the scientific community. Several years ago we had asked you write letters to Congress in hopes of averting this fate.

A petition has been started on whitehouse.gov to ask the President to ensure it is funded. I'm pessimistic about the chances that it will change anything, as the President cannot change Congressional budget priorities, and only has limited ability to move money between NSF programs. However, bringing attention to the issues of science funding in this country cannot hurt.

Date 10 June 2016.

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