Huge radio telescope seen at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory.
C/U of a bowl-shaped radio telescope; M/S of the telescope as a man in overalls walks into shot and looks up at it as commentator tells us this is part of the Mullard Radio-Astronomy Observatory run by the Cavendish Laboratory of Cambridge University. The man is seen working at the back of the telescope; C/U of the inside of the bowl as the whole thing starts to tilt down. M/S of the telescope, panning left to show a small laboratory nearby.
C/U of the tip of a huge aerial; tilt down to show this is one of a long line of curved radio aerials, and a man on a bicycle rides along a path beneath them. The man, Michael Turner, stops by an inspection box with lots of wires coming out of it and takes down the cover to look inside; commentator tells us "The research done here is far too complex for most of us to understand but basically they work by listening to radio waves coming from the depths of outer space". Michael puts the cover back on the box.
L/S of more aerials mounted on railway tracks in a field. C/U of the 'arm' of an aerial; tilt down to show Ann Neville climbing onto the bottom of an aerial to disconnect the anchor chains of the Radio Star Inferometer (an aerial); she then walks off. L/S of a radio telescope. C/U of Professor Ryle on the machine, adjusting the angle of the telescope; C/U of the chain machinery moving to do this. C/Us of different parts of the structure of the telescope.
Commentator says "When you consider that man has existed only about one million years, it's almost frightening when you think that here they pick up radio signals which set out towards us 5000 million years ago" - I agree!
Note: on file is a news article from the Daily Telegraph and Morning Post plus press releases and general information on the radio telescope. Cuts exist - see separate record.