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Fifty Years of the UK in Space

Posted in The Universe and Stuff with tags , , on April 12, 2012 by telescoper

I got an email just now advertising this event which I hadn’t heard about before today, so I thought I’d put my community service hat on and spread the word via the medium of this blog by passing on the content of the email with a minimum of edits. Unfortunately I won’t be going to the thing myself as I’ll be teaching on 26th April…

On 26 April 1962, Britain became the third space-faring nation with the launch of Ariel-1, the first satellite to be developed and operated by the UK. Fifty years on, the UK space sector is a world leader in space science, innovative technology and applications development helping Planet Earth.

To commemorate the launch of Ariel-1 and to celebrate the continued excellence of UK space activities, on the anniversary of the launch, 26 April 2012, the UK Space Agency and the Science Museum are co-hosting a two-day conference celebrating 50 years of the UK in space. It will bring together those who started the UK on the road to being a world-renowned centre for space technology and research with the scientists and engineers of the next fifty years. The Director of Science and Robotic Exploration at the European Space Agency will make the keynote speech and there will exciting announcements and memorable moments to enjoy at the evening reception hosted by the UK Space Agency on the 26th April. Come along, mingle with friends old and new and look forward to the next chapter of the UK in space. Admission is free.

More information can be found here, and at the conference website here. You can download a PDF of the conference programme here.