Science: News from Space

Britain's Princess Margaret climbed into a trailer parked close to the great radio telescope at Jodrell Bank, just south of Manchester, England. At a control panel was Bill Young of Los Angeles, who adjusted knobs and switches and then told the princess: "You push this button in one minute, 15 seconds." Meg waited. When Young said "Push," she touched the button marked "Execute Command." Red and white lights showed on the control panel, telling Young and Princess Meg that a radio signal had started from the radio telescope and was speeding across space at light's speed (186,300 m.p.sec.) toward U.S....

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