Funding for Arecibo Observatory

November 12, 2007 at 9:50 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

Aericibo Observatoryby P.J. Blount with the blog faculty
Apparently, Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico is at risk of being closed due to a lack of funding (hat tip Spaceports). The National Science Foundation has stated that it Arecibo will have to close if cannot find funds to augment its $8 million budget.

Last Thursday (November 8, 2007) Members of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics were told about the funding problems at a hearing on Near Earth Objects and the catastrophic consequences of an asteroid impact with Earth.

A bill has been introduced that would solve the funding problem, though. H.R. 3737: To provide for National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration utilization of the Arecibo Observatory was introduced to the House on October 3 and no further action has been taken.

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