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Cheshire Life - - Inside - WORDS: Eleanor Hughes

The Jo­drell Bank fes­ti­val that’s out of this world

July sees the 50th an­niver­sary of the Lu­nar Landings and if you’re won­der­ing ex­actly what that has to do with Cheshire then read on…

Cheshire…we have a prob­lem. This is a county brim­ming with sci­en­tific cre­den­tials and yet it’s some­thing we’re not ex­actly known for cel­e­brat­ing. Until now. A new ma­jor ini­tia­tive, Cheshire: Where Science Meets Na­ture, will do just that by cham­pi­oning events and at­trac­tions through­out the area all sum­mer long. First stop; Jo­drell Bank’s blue­dot fes­ti­val (18th-21st July); a four-day spec­tac­u­lar of live mu­sic, talks and science shows all in the shadow of the Lovell Tele­scope, the great white dish that’s be­come an iconic land­mark of Cheshire’s green coun­try­side. Back in 1969 Jo­drell Bank beat NASA to the first pic­tures of Apollo 11 land­ing on the moon. So consider your count­down to a sum­mer of discovery of­fi­cially on…

1: Bri­tain’s first as­tro­naut, Helen Shar­man, will also be­come the first as­tro­naut to ap­pear at blue­dot. Hear about her out-ofthis-world ex­pe­ri­ence or­bit­ing the Earth on a Russian Soyuz space­craft at the aptly named talk, First Bri­tish As­tro­naut.

2: Neil Arm­strong bob­bing about on the moon in his A7-L space­suit – it’s the en­dur­ing image of the Lu­nar Landings. Join TV pre­sen­ter Dal­las Camp­bell as he con­sid­ers this iconic clob­ber, aided by a replica of the suit, at A7-L How to Make a Space­suit.

3: Science his­to­rian James Burke was the BBC’s chief re­porter on the live broad­cast of the Apollo 11 land­ing in 1969. Travel back in time with him to re­live that his­toric mo­ment at Re­port­ing The Apollo Mis­sions.

4: The World Wildlife Foundation spent four years gath­er­ing jaw­drop­ping footage for Our Planet, an epic project about the fragility of the Earth nar­rated, of course, by Sir David At­ten­bor­ough. Make a date for these must-see screen­ings, con­ver­sa­tions and talks with the foundation’s en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­perts.

5: Who knew that leafy lit­tle Cheshire has played such a big role in the space race over the past half-cen­tury? Uncover this unlikely story with Manch­ester Univer­sity’s Pro­fes­sor of Astro­physics, Tim O’Brien, at Jo­drell Bank and the Race to the Moon.

Ana Ma­tronic’s set at Blue­dot

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