Arecibo Observatory History

The National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, also called the Arecibo Observatory, was constructed by Cornell University from 1960 to 1963 under the leadership of Prof. William E. Gordon (Ph.D. ’53). Named for the municipality in which it is located in highland Puerto Rico, Arecibo  was the world’s largest single-unit radio telescope and has been the site of many astronomical discoveries. The University of Florida now maintains the station and it has been decommissioned. Carl Sagan's movie Contact, was filmed there (as were James Bond's GoldenEye, Survivor, and the “Little Green Men” episode of the X-Files). See more information.

Libguide at the University of Puerto Rico on Arecibo contains videos, pictures, books, articles, and more.

Newspaper articles:

Oral and Written Histories at Cornell

Pictures and Movies

Arecibo pictures, Cornell University Library Digital Collections



Dale Corson at AreciboPhoto of Dale Corson at Arecibo Observatory from Cornell University Rare and Manuscript Collections