Appeal Type: Takedown Appeals
Portal Title: Deep Space Station 14
Reason for Appeal: Portal Takedown AppealA LOCATION WITH A COOL STORY, A PLACE IN HISTORY OR EDUCATIONAL VALUE
The Goldstone Observatory (or Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex) is run by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, with a primary purpose of communication with space missions.
The facility is one of three of its kind in the world, and has communicated with space missions since 1958; its place in history established, it is a US historic landmark.
Along with its vital role in space communications, the telescopes have been used for a wide variety of other scientific purposes -- mapping asteroids, observing high energy neutrino interactions, and a host of other applications.
It is of educational value, since school groups are brought here with regularity on tour -- the last tour I went on to this facility had military personnel there for educational purposes, and the desired visit of my tour was blocked off by school children who were taking all the remaining tours this week.
2.http://trs-new.jpl.nasa.gov/dspace/bitstream/2014/12981/1/01-1399.pdfA COOL PIECE OF ART OR UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE
The architecture of these telescopes is staggering; they are modern marvels of engineering. I could quote you the figures on the size and scale, but I included an image I shot there for you to judge for yourself. PUBLIC ACCESSIBILITY
And now for an unfortunate political note. A Niantic community manager active in local Resistance field ops approached one of our agents in the Antelope Valley, asserting that this portal should be removed since public tours to it had been delayed indefinitely.
We did our research: http://www.gdscc.nasa.gov/?page_id=35
Indicates tours will be re-opened June 30th.
We additionally contacted the facility regarding tours, and they provided a direct response that tours would not be indefinitely closed, and they would resume June 30th.
Insofar as this and many other agents are aware, this portal meets all the criterion for public accessibility -- if limited tours are enough for removal, there are many hard portals currently being used as anchors that should be removed -- which we believe would be a disservice to both the field and the artifact game, much of which involves strategic and tactical control of these portals.
For these reasons, we ask that you please re-instate this portal.+Brian Rose +Terry Stout +John Hanke +Josh S +Crystal Bell +Daniel Musto +NIA Ops