BBC – The iconic Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia has witnessed the birth and death of star systems, unravelled cosmic mysteries and even relayed the first live TV pictures of astronauts on the Moon. The walls of the doughnut-shaped control room underneath the vast 64-metre-wide dish are lined with racks of equipment. There are cabinets of flashing LEDs, switches, dials, and stacks of processors and hard-drives. Since its first observations in 1961, the technology has been continuously upgraded. Well, most of it. – read moreĀ 

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