October 4th 1957 marked the start of the space age, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory was the largest radio telescope in the world and the only device that could track Sputnik’s carrier rocket by radar.
The Lovell Telescope first picked up the Sputnik rocket on 11 October 1957, on the anniversary of that event, Public Service Broadcasting filmed the video for ‘Sputnik’ in front of this iconic structure.
The video celebrates the launch of the first satellite into earth orbit and highlight The Lovell Telescope’s role in making space exploration history.
Production Company: Yes Please Productions
Directors: Tom Readdy and Lucy Dawkins
Director of Photography: Matthew Day
Focus Puller: Toby Goodyear
Lighting Design: Mirrad Ltd (Francis Clegg)
Lighting Programming and Operation: James Washer