Sixty years of Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank Credit: PA/PA Archive/PA Images

It's the anniversary of one of the most iconic structures in the region.

Jodrell Bank radio telescope in Cheshire was first put into operation 60 years ago today.

The project was launched in 1949 when scientist Bernard Lovell decided to construct a 250ft steerable telescope, which would enable him to examine cosmic rays, meteors and the radio waves from the deepest reaches of the universe.

Working closely with Sheffield engineer H. C. Husband construction got underway in 1952. It was largely completed five years later and the various stages of operation began.

And it has been at the forefront of scientific research ever since.

Sir Bernard Lovell Credit: Phil Noble/PA Archive/PA Images