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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Well this sucks


The British government is considering closing down Jodrell Bank.

That would be the most famous radio telescope in the world. The world's largest radio telescope when it was built, and still the third largest steerable one after fifty years. The one that brought us the first gravitational lens, the first bleep from Sputnik, the first pictures from the lunar surface when Luna 9 landed, and some of the first pulsars. The one proposed as World Heritage Site. The one which has probably inspired more interest in astronomy than any other telescope until, perhaps, the Hubble.

Please could all my British readers sign up to the petition to save it?

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