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Jodrell Bank faced with closure – sign 10 downing street petition online

Posted by dandare on March 11, 2008



Jodrell bank, in the North West (Cheshire, UK) is being faced with closure …..In the Times online (posted 6th march,2008) “World leading telescopes face being shut down to save £2.5m” .

It mentions “Merlin’s strength comes from having seven telescope dishes, including the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank, linked to receive signals from space simultaneously. Because they operate in tandem up to 135 miles apart they offer unrivalled detail on distant gallaxies” (extract from article). 

This is a disgrace, and i urge you to sign the 10 downing street petition (closing date september 6th,2008). see here . Last time i looked here, there were over 3000 signatures.

There is also an interesting article by the telegraph.co.uk (posted 7th march,2008) “UK astronomers to broadcast adverts to aliens“.

It says “The cosmic stunt marks a small step for man, a giant leap for advertising hype and underlines the desperation of British astronomers to find new sources of funding as they struggle to cope with swingeing cuts that now threaten institutions such as Jodrell Bank, the world famous observatory in Cheshire” (extract from article).

And “Alongside the risks to these and other projects is a 25 per cent cut in the STFC research grants to universities that will see numbers of postdoctoral researchers in space science and astronomy fall to their lowest level for seven years” (extract from article).


One Response to “Jodrell Bank faced with closure – sign 10 downing street petition online”

  1. Tony Bryant said

    Jodrell Bank represents an era when Britain was the world leader in Astro-Pysics, a position it has never relinquished.

    GBP2.5m is a small price to pay for the prestige these facilities offer, along with the opportunities the projects generate for British universities to take part in world-class research.

    Spin-offs into other related fields must make many times the cost of this project for the British Exchequer, so finance can certainly be ruled out as a justification.

    What is more likely is the existence of a hidden agenda which requires the erosion of Britain’s ability to maintain her position at the top of the world R&D ladder, to allowing places like India to become research hot-spots, and to satisfy the neo-political aims of the surely now long-discredited Globalisation Consortium.

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