MiamiHerald / While the vast majority of Puerto Ricans are living in a technologically deprived state without power and poor communications, there’s one high-tech oasis on the island that wasn’t blown back to the dark ages by Hurricane Maria.

The Arecibo Observatory, a massive radio telescope built in 1963, featured in films and nestled in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, was raked by the eye of the storm but survived almost unscathed.

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Within seven days, the observatory was back up and running on generators – tracking pulsars and receiving data from the outer reaches of the galaxy – even as its staff (some of them now homeless) still couldn’t make a cell phone call to San Juan.


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