When a Lord met a Sir

I've been going through my photo collection this afternoon and realised that I have quite a few astronomy related images that I never got around to uploading. I'll start with a picture from October last year.

October 4th 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik and the start of the space age. To celebrate both that event and the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Lovell Telescope, which will forever be tied up with the launch of that first artificial Earth satellite, there was a celebration at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The good and the great were all in attendance and even the STFC Chief Executive and Science Minister were there; those were happier times. The picture below shows the Astronomer Royal Lord Rees of Ludlow and Sir Bernard Lovell. Sir Bernard founded the observatory in 1945 and was the visionary behind the telescope that was later named after him. He is now 94 and still frequently goes in to work at Jodrell Bank. He really is an inspirational astronomer.

Lord Martin Rees and Sir Bernard Lovell
Astronomer Royal Lord Rees (left) and Sir Bernard Lovell (right) founder of Jodrell Bank Observatory pictured at the 50th anniversary celebrations for the launch of Spuntik and the completion of the Lovell Telescope CREDIT: Stuart

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Saturday 08th Mar 2008 (17:53 GMT) | Permalink
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