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How Britain Won The Space Race
« on: 11/17/2015 07:07 pm »
Telling the history of Sir Bernard Lovell & Jodrell Bank. Including his tracking of Soviet satellites.

Is now on the BBC iPlayer for UK forum members.

Thought it was a good overview but then Timeshift has a good track record.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06pm5vf

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Re: How Britain Won The Space Race
« Reply #1 on: 11/17/2015 07:28 pm »
I thought the Space Race was just the United States vs. Russia...
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How Britain Won The Space Race
« Reply #2 on: 11/17/2015 08:29 pm »
I thought the Space Race was just the United States vs. Russia...

Yeah the title was a bit odd. I found some of the commentators rather sceptical attitude towards the Apollo program a bit off putting.
« Last Edit: 11/17/2015 08:29 pm by Star One »

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Re: How Britain Won The Space Race
« Reply #3 on: 11/17/2015 08:41 pm »
I though this was a rerun of a previous documentary. Thanks for pointing out that it is indeed a new thing; I must have mixed it up with a last Timeshift season's "TimeShift - British Space Race" episode.

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Re: How Britain Won The Space Race
« Reply #4 on: 11/18/2015 01:35 am »


Yeah the title was a bit odd. I found some of the commentators rather sceptical attitude towards the Apollo program a bit off putting.

Sceptical in what way?
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Re: How Britain Won The Space Race
« Reply #5 on: 11/18/2015 06:32 am »



Yeah the title was a bit odd. I found some of the commentators rather sceptical attitude towards the Apollo program a bit off putting.

Sceptical in what way?

Well they appeared to be doubtful of its scientific value for a start.

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Re: How Britain Won The Space Race
« Reply #6 on: 07/24/2022 09:10 pm »
I though this was a rerun of a previous documentary. Thanks for pointing out that it is indeed a new thing; I must have mixed it up with a last Timeshift season's "TimeShift - British Space Race" episode.
The link for the episode "British Space Race" can be found here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074qt0

The synopsis for the episode "How Britain Won the Space Race: The Story of Bernard Lovell and Jodrell Bank" makes clear that the UK was the initial pioneer in radio astronomy, because the Cold War superpowers used Bernard Lovell's telescope to track their competing spacecraft.

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Re: How Britain Won The Space Race
« Reply #7 on: 07/25/2022 01:07 pm »
The link for the episode "British Space Race" can be found here:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0074qt0

The synopsis for the episode "How Britain Won the Space Race: The Story of Bernard Lovell and Jodrell Bank" makes clear that the UK was the initial pioneer in radio astronomy, because the Cold War superpowers used Bernard Lovell's telescope to track their competing spacecraft.

I thought that Karl Jansky at Bell labs in the USA was the initial radio astronomy pioneer back in 1933. I'd love to see their argument against this, but the episode is not available in the US. I guess that's the difference between the BBC and conspiracy nuts - the nuts are willing to share their evidence, such as it is, for their outrageous claims with everyone.

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Re: How Britain Won The Space Race
« Reply #8 on: 07/25/2022 04:53 pm »
Jansky discovered that astronomical objects could produce radio waves. He didn't do much with that: his employers wouldn't let him pursue this subject.
Grote Reber, a radio engineer, heard of Jansky's idea and built a radio telescope in his Illinois back yard in 1937 and did the first systematic survey of astronomical radio waves.
Then we get a few years of silence until Bernhard Lovell starts doing RF physics using WW2 military surplus equipment in 1945, this quickly turns into radio astronomy. There's a few other pioneers who start at that time, but Lovell seems to be the first to get into building giant antennas, which earns him a prominent role in the early space race.

 

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