Do we really know what is there, out in space? Not really much, we can only look at stars or … hear them. Smart radiophysicist gave us such an opportunity when had built their huge metal plates in dense pine forests far from big busy cities. The grand ears of the planet were intended to contact the far and alien space.
They used to sit at a fire and sing their romantic songs when rested from numerous devices, apparatuses, indicators…
We don’t know what stars told them. But today all those devices are broken, the grand ears of the planet only hear rustling leaves of young birches….
Here it is, the radiotelescope.
It’s hidden in the middle of a young forest.
It still seems to stand firm.
But inside are only the smell of old oil and decay.
It’s hard to imagine they dealt with digital equipment computers here…
What is inside this azimuth guidance cabin?
Remains of the electric and manual drives.
Do you mind to climb it?
Is this hole for a receiver-transmitter unit?
An elevation drive.
In the cabin of guidance.
Let’s enter this shabby house.
Control panel is still here.
And even the antenna position indicator is here, too.
Such a tower with a cabin is nearby.
Once on top of this tower was the source of a various test signals for the telescope calibration.
Let’s climb it.
The manual drive…
… and the electric one.
Cosy place for a radiophysicist.
On top is a mechanized mast with a reflector.
The telescope we saw in the very beginning looks so small from here.
It’s listening to songs of birds….
When we look in the opposite direction we can see more antennas.
A piece of radar-absorbing coating.
Should we turn the light off before we leave?
Or will these transistors do the job?
Closer view of the grand ears of the planet.
The vehicle is being swallowed by the earth.
Do any scientists still live here?
Stonehenge of present days?
Only this cabin is rotting here.
The cabin inside.
Remains of the high-frequency generator…
Cable way is hidden in the woods.
Another grand ear of the planet.
Time and nature were less merciful to it.
What’s there, inside?
In the next room are remains of an automatic control system.
Power supply unit.
All equipment is decaying.
Hard and soft.
Simple shelves still hang on the wall.
Remains of the loop oscillograph. Only imagine – it used to record mysterious voices of stars…
Standard magnetic disk.
Did this device “scan” the sky with a telescope and automatically move it within the prescribed limits?
We say goodbye to the control panel and the whole object, it’s time to leave.
But before we leave we should fix the telescope in the default position as was prescribed by those smart radiophysicists.