Visiting Arecibo Observatory

3 01 2012
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Peace Corps Reunion at the Arecibo Observatory, 1987. Photo Courtesy: Juan E. Rosario

I can’t resist sharing this tourist photo of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The photo shows a group of former Peace Corps volunteers standing in front of the superstructure of the 305-meter radio telescope. The volunteers had reconvened on the island in July 1987 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 4-S Brazil Peace Corps. Apparently, this particular group of volunteers received their physical and health training in Puerto Rico before being shipped off to work in Brazil. The reunion allowed them an opportunity to visit “the old familiar places” as well as sites like the Arecibo Observatory, which hadn’t yet opened when they were training in the nearby village.