Sputnik and Public Service Broadcasting


On 11th / 12th October 1957, the Lovell Telescope made its first scientific act – tracking the carrier rocket that launched Sputnik 1 into space – the dawn of the space age.

On 11th October 2015, we commemorated the anniversary with our friends in  Public Service Broadcasting, who came to Jodrell Bank to film the video for their upcoming release ‘Sputnik / Korolev’.

It was quite a long (and cold) evening but we think it was a brilliant celebration of the story of Jodrell Bank, as well as the superb music of the band.

Sputnik 1 was the first artificial satellite ever launched into space. It was launched on 4th October 1957, and heralded the dawn of humanity’s journey to the Moon and the planets – and also paved the way for modern communications technology and the many other satellites orbiting our planet.

Sergei Pavlovich Korolev led the Soviet Space campaign in the 1950s and 1960s. In 2007, on the 50th Anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1, we were very privileged to receive a recorded message from Boris Chertok, Korolev’s Deputy, congratulating Jodrell Bank on its 50 years of science.

Blogger: Dr Teresa Anderson MBE is Director of Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

HLF logoThe heritage work at Jodrell Bank is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of our ‘First Light at Jodrell Bank’ project.