SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico plans to build a planetarium and a hotel as part of a $50 million project to attract more visitors to the world's largest single-dish radio telescope.
Officials at Puerto Rico's Metropolitan University say the planetarium will be built within two years and the hotel within five years.
The university helps run the observatory with the California-based nonprofit research group SRI International and the Universities Space Research Association, which is a Maryland-based group founded under the National Academy of Sciences.
Tuesday's announcement is the first major move by the new managers of the Arecibo Observatory. The observatory has repeatedly fought budget cuts that officials say could have forced it to close
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