But the giant antenna
Known as GBT
Soon will earn her place in history.
Zapped by aliens, some have said,
For playing out of our league.
I know the tabloids are way off base.
In reality it's just a case
Of simple metal fatigue.
Replacement instruments could be built
At astronomical cost,
But if Congress failed to appropriate
Seventy million before too late,
Oh, the data that would be lost!
Construction lasted a dozen years.
The design is truly unique:
A hundred meters from side to side,
Its unblocked aperture apodized
To hear the universe speak.
Two thousand panels that all can move
Maintaining appropriate curve,
Both prime focus and Gregorian feeds
Scan the bands that astronomy needs,
And science she shall serve.
Taller than the Statue of Liberty,
No dish was ever so large.
And with modern microwave circuitry
She'll see farther than any can see,
And sing the song of the stars.
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