The giant space telescope where Sean Bean’s villainous James Bond character Alec Trevelyan famously plunged to his death in GoldenEye collapsed on Tuesday. The radio telescope at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory - one of the world's largest - had already closed down after sustaining severe damage since August, officials said, following 57 years of astronomical discoveries. The 900-ton receiver platform and the Gregorian dome - a structure as tall as a four-story building that houses secondary reflectors - fell onto the northern portion of the vast reflector dish more than 400 feet below. An auxiliary cable snapped in August, causing a 100-foot gash on the 1,000-foot-wide dish and damaged the receiver platform that hung above it. Then a main cable broke in early November. The collapse stunned many scientists who had relied on what was until recently the largest radio telescope in the world. "It sounded like a rumble. I knew exactly what it was," said Jonathan Friedman, who worked for 26 years as a senior research associate at the observatory and still lives near it. "I was screaming. Personally, I was out of control.... I don’t have words to express it. It’s a very deep, terrible feeling."