The Giant Dish From James Bond Classic GoldenEye Has Collapsed
The giant radio telescope and observatory had been in operation for 57 years.
The 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye and the 1997 game based on it included an epic action sequence at the end where 007 fights on a giant radio telescope.
That telescope, which is located at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, has now collapsed. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
The instrument platform of the 305m telescope at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico fell overnight. No injuries were reported. NSF is working with stakeholders to assess the situation. Our top priority is maintaining safety. NSF will release more details when they are confirmed. pic.twitter.com/Xjbb9hPUgD— National Science Foundation (@NSF) December 1, 2020
This news comes not long after it was announced that the dish was being decommissioned over concerns about its structural integrity.
The space telescope hosted the fight between Pierce Brosnan's Bond took on Alec Trevelyan, played by Sean Bean. The dish had been in operation for 57 years.
The Arecibo observatory was also featured in the 1997 sci-fi drama Contact, which starred Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey. In real life, the telescope helped with many scientific breakthroughs, such as detecting the near-Earth asteroid Bennu in 1999. This led NASA to send a robotic space probe there in 2018 to collect the first-ever asteroid dirt sample. The probe is expected to return in 2023.
The next Bond movie is set to theaters in April 2021. No Time To Die was originally scheduled for release in April this year, but like most big movies in 2020 has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In other news, a new James Bond video game is in the works at Hitman developer IO Interactive. It will tell an original origin story for the super-spy.
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