Arecibo Observatory Advocacy Partnership
The Arecibo Science Advocacy Partnership (ASAP) is a team of scientists and educators from Puerto Rico and around the world, working on the long-term sustainability of the Arecibo Observatory. ASAP seeks to advance the scientific excellence of the Arecibo Observatory and to publicize its accomplishments in astronomy, aeronomy, and planetary radar. We also work to mobilize the existing broad base of support for Arecibo science within the fields it serves directly, the broad scientific community, and the general public.
ASAP is seeking donations to support the advocacy work we do in favor of the Arecibo Observatory. Our goals are that scientific work and the maintenance and development of the existing research infrastructure continues at the new Arecibo Center for STEM Education and Research, and that plans for a large radio telescope on site to replace the collapsed 305-m William E. Gordon receive funding, first for an engineering study, then for building.
The donations will be used primarily for reimbursing travel costs for travel to Washington, D.C. to educate the US congress on the value of the observatory. Although some Members of Congress have already called for the NSF to revise their plan for Arecibo to not exclude research and technology from the site, further discussion is required to request Congress to allocate funds for building the telescope. A minor part may also be used for other advocacy-related purposes and/or administrative costs such as the upkeep of our areciboscience.org website.
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