As of July 2017, it's been 55 years since the launch of the iconic Telstar satellite, and since JFK's famous, TV broadcasted, press conference. The press conference was transmitted from the US to Europe via the Telstar satellite, Goonhilly Earth Station's Aerial-1 ("Arthur"), and French earth station Plemeur Bodou in Brittany.

The Telstar satellite has long been replaced by other, more sophisticated models. Goonhilly Aerial-1, however, an 1100 tonne giant, is still standing strong, and ready to enter the next working phase as part of a network of large antennas for radio astronomy.

Read more about Aerial-1 on the UK Space Agency's blog here, or on Telstar and related technology on the UK Space Agency's news site.

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