While the NSF plans to establish an educational center at the Arecibo Observatory, the institution has stated it will not fund science there.
The iconic Arecibo telescope, damaged by two cable failures within three months, is beyond repair.
The famed Arecibo Observatory has faced down several funding challenges in recent years, and a hurricane to boot, but now a new project is making the radio dish more relevant to astronomy than ever.
Supermassive black holes en route to merger have strange dynamics in their gas disks. Astronomers have spotted the most distant spectroscopically confirmed supernova. And NSF decides the fate of the Arecibo Observatory.
Arecibo and its team rode out the largest storm in its history, but it's unclear what the moderate damage will mean for the radio observatory's future.