By Federico Cornetto
A team of urban explorers have visited an abandoned soviet telescope and captured some eerie footage.
Experienced urban explorer Bob Thissen, 33, from the Netherlands, and his team reached the gigantic construction which lays at an altitude of 1700 metres, on the side of Mount Aragats in Armenia.
The radio-optical telescope ROT-54/2.6 was designed and built between 1975 and 1985 by the Soviet Radiophysics Research Institute, and at the time was one of the largest constructions of its kind.
The antenna, which has a diameter of 54 metres, was named the Herouni Mirror Radio telescope after Paris Herouni – a renowned Armenian physicist who projected it.
Some of the uncanny sightings captured by Bob included the telescope’s gigantic ‘dish’ structure, perfectly intact control rooms with murals on the walls, preserved sheets with drawings of the project and a dark anechoic chamber filled with black star-shaped paper.
Bob said: “The first sight of the telescope was impressive, and to think that originally it was designed to be 300 metres wide – I can’t image how awesome that would have looked.
“Another highlight was the control room, where we found a lot of decorations and murals.
“You can see it was a prestigious project as they paid a lot of attention to details – while normally the Soviet constructions are rather sober.
“After walking around the building I felt sorry for Paris Herouni.
“He dedicated his life to this project and it’s sad to see the building in a decaying state, with even large animals roaming inside it.”