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