In 1945 Bernard Lovell, a radio astronomer from Manchester University established the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics. In 1957 what is currently known as The Lovell Telescope at Jodrell bank was completed. On its completion it was the largest steerable dish radio Telescope in the world, today it is still the third largest. In 1957 the Lovell Telescope was the only telescope in the world capable of tracking the Russian probes Sputnik 1 and Sputnik 2. Throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s the Lovell telescope was used to track both Soviet space probes and the American pioneer probes throughout their journeys in space. In 1966 the telescope tracked Luna 9, the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon. In July 1969 the Jodrell bank Observatory took part in tracking Apollo 11 and its crew members Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on their approach to the moon. On 20th July 1969 Neil Armstrong made “A giant leap for mankind” and became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. On 7th July 2019 Jodrell bank was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site Status. On 18th to 21st July 2019, 50 years after mankind walked on the moon the Jodrell bank Centre for Astrophysics hosted the fifth bluedot Festival.Read More
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