A Glimmer of Hope
by Ron Chester ★ Sunday, January 3, 2021

Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez has signed an executive order approving $8 million to help rebuild the radio telescope. Hmm, see my previous posting about the Arecibo Observatory. At one point Angel, WP3R, the director of the telescope operations, said that NSF was at least considering the possibility of rebuilding the telescope, but the number he threw out for what might be needed to do it was $300 million. So I'm thinking the offer of $8 million has probably not gotten the NSF too excited about proceeding, as confirmed by the statement the NSF released on the subject.  The publication that reported on the executive order called it "a glimmer of hope," but I wonder whether the glimmer might be a bit optimistic. Perhaps its a very faint glimmer, like the light from an extremely distant star.