Alan Mason reminds us - It’s time for a picture of the great steerable radio-telescope on Jodrell Bank in Cheshire. Sir Bernard Lovell died this week. He was one of the great figures of 20 C astronomy. His vision, in the austerity of the 1940s, only became clear with the sputniks, satellites, and moonshots of the late fifties and sixties.
The telescope was regularly mentioned in radio broadcasts as confirming Soviet claims of satellite launches. The telescope is still one of the most impressive pieces of astronomical engineering and we should all rejoice in Lovell’s vision and achievement.