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