COVID-19 has changed the way life and works looks for the nation. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Green Bank Telescope (GBT) is no different. When a lightning strike from spring storms damaged equipment on the world’s largest fully-steerable radio telescope, staff developed a plan that would allow them to complete repairs safely in a very confined space.
The Green Bank Telescope will work alongside China’s new FAST telescope, to provide observations for the Breakthrough Initiative. While FAST is now the world’s largest single dish radio telescope, the GBT is still the largest fully steerable single dish radio telescope in the world.