So sad. This awesome instrument has been an inspiration to me ever since I became aware of its existence via The X Files.
I was fortunate enough to be able to spend a few quintillion floating point operations processing data from Aricebo as part of the seti@home project.
I always wanted to visit it. Now that will never happen.
I’d bet good money that if they’d had the funding they needed for the last 15-20 years, they probably could have prevented the collapse.
But don’t worry, that funding totally went where it was needed: researching new ways to blow cunts up. So yay progress!