U.K. scientist, Professor A.C.B. Lovell, director of Jodrell Bank, the West's largest radio telescope, near?
U.K. scientist, Professor A.C.B. Lovell, director of Jodrell Bank, the West's largest radio telescope, near Manchester, was received by President Eisenhower at the White House, Washington, July 7 and was later presented by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration with a miniature replica of Pioneer V, the solar satellite which he and his staff helped to track. The replica plays "God Save the Queen".
The invitation came from the N.A.S.A. which wished to express its thanks for the work of Jodrell Bank and to draw attention to this example of what Professor Lovell today called "historic cooperation". Professor Lovell also received a scroll "in recognition of the unique and valuable contribution made by him and his associates at the Jodrell Bank experimental station to the space research programme of the United States."
Mr. Keith Glennan, Administrator of the N.A.S.A. said that without the participation of Jodrell Bank, contract with Pioneer V would have been lost several weeks earlier. The station's 250 ft radio telescope was the largest of its kind in the West, and the only instrument capable of tracking and interrogating the five-watt transmitter of Pioneer V beyond 10 million miles. The last intelligible message from Pioneer V was received on June 26 over a distance of 22,500,000 miles, when he satellite was travelling at 21,000 m.p.h.