Jodrell Bank to be Closed

In a short-sighted move by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the iconic British radio telescope faces closure.

Read about it here.

Eight million pounds has already been spent on linking up seven radio telescopes to form the Multi-Element Radio Linked Interferometer Network (MERLIN). Jodrell Bank was to be the hub of this powerful network and its staff have been concentrating their efforts on that.

This network would cost £2.5million p.a. to run and as part of the effort to balance its books, the STFC has decided not to fund these running costs. As a result, Jodrell Bank – perhaps the most famous radio telescope in the world – faces the end of its life as a working observatory.

You might find it hard to believe that the world’s fourth largest economy cannot find the money but there are lots of demands on the public purse. Two and a half million pounds can pay for:-

One eighth of the cost of building a Creationist Vardy Academy


one year’s grants and subsidies to Karl Battenburg


one year’s expenses claimed by Cabinet Ministers


illegally occupying Iraq for one day.


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5 Responses to “Jodrell Bank to be Closed”

  1. Mork Says:

    This is a scandal and is to the shame of the STFC that such a thing is allowed to happen.

    But it is also a cause of great personal sadness for me. I grew up very close to Jodrell Bank and remember seeing it many times from the road. It was one of the things that inspired me to take an interest is science: I even had a birthday party there when I was about 9, dammit.

    Sad, sad, sad.

  2. HJ Says:

    FFS – you do know about the badastronomer? fuck it, mega pissed.

    plus forum

  3. HJ Says:

    Don’t make me say cunt just for fun..

    Tell the BA about it, tell the forum about it, get the message out there to the people who are listening..

  4. HJ Says:

    Tell the BA about it, tell the forum about it, get the message out there to the people who are listening..

  5. …and while I’m ranting about science cutbacks. | AlunSalt Says:

    […] See also DaveP’s post on the sub­ject and JQH is more depress­ing. […]

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