As­tronomers launch mis­sion on terra firma


AS­TRONOMERS at Jo­drell Bank have set their sights a lit­tle closer to home to take part in a char­ity run.

As part of the Square Kilo­me­tre Ar­ray (SKA) project, the 17-strong team is usu­ally fo­cussed on build­ing the world’s largest ra­dio tele­scope, which has its global head­quar­ters in Jo­drell Bank.

But they have taken on a new chal­lenge, and will be run­ning the Great Manch­ester Run on May 22.

Joe Diamond, SKA outreach and events as­sis­tant, said: “The SKA project is a great in­ter­na­tional team ef­fort and some of our staff sug­gested we en­ter a team in the Great Manch­ester Run as a way of re­lax­ing away from the work en­vi­ron­ment.

“Our run­ners in­clude sci­en­tists, en­gi­neers and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff who have come from all over the world, in­clud­ing places such as Aus­tralia, South Africa and across Europe, to work on the SKA. Staff of­ten go on train­ing runs in the quiet coun­try­side dur­ing their lunch breaks.”

The SKA team, which is hop­ing to find out the an­swers to some of the big­gest ques­tions in space through the project, is rais­ing funds for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent char­i­ties.

‘Some of our staff sug­gested we en­ter as a way of re­lax­ing’

●● Staff at Jo­drell Bank are tak­ing on the chal­leng­ing mis­sion of the Great Manch­ester Run next month to raise money for East Cheshire Hospice

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