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At the Chelmsford based company Teledyne e2v, they work to develop sensors which have been used in more than 150 space missions for both NASA and the European Space Agency.
Teledyne e2v makes sensors for the space industry Credit: ITV News Anglia
"The things that we make here in Chelmsford have been to lots of places, most recently I guess the thing that was big news was when we went to Pluto, so we took the first high resolution images of Pluto on the NASA new Horizons mission, we went to Mars, in fact we've still go t detectors wandering about on Mars and the Mars Curiosity Rover, we've been to Venus, Jupiter, pretty much all of the planets."
David Morris, Teledyne e2v Diviya Devani works as a Quantum Systems Engineer Credit: ITV News Anglia
"Growing up I knew that I wanted to be part of this human quest to explore what's beyond our earth and I am still curious and always have been about what's out there and for that reason I love what I do, sending out cutting edge technology into space, working on the next generation of technology that will change life on earth.
Diviya Devani, Quantum Systems Engineer Family fun in Essex to mark the anniversary. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Families in Essex have been taking part in all sorts of space activities to mark the occasion.
Space Day at Cressing Temple Barns near Braintree combined a range of galactic exhibits and talks, including fictional space characters as well as factual.
Even R2D2 and C3PO turned up for the day! Credit: ITV News Anglia
Essex has a long history of manufacturing components for the space industry firstly at Marconi in Chelmsford and now at it's successor Teledyne-E-2-V and representatives from the company were on hand to encourage the next generation of space scientists and engineers.
We're celebrating the landing on the moon some fifty years ago and I was a young lad then and do remember how exciting it all was and it's a great opportunity to share across the generations now, you can see all members of the family coming here to experience some of the space story that we see but also some of the fiction that's come from space as well."
Cllr Simon Walsh, Essex County Council Smile for the camera! Credit: ITV News Anglia