Skylark – Britain’s First Space Rocket

Speaker: Robin Brand

Date: 5 October 2017
Start Time: 7.30 pm

Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16 Queens Square, Bath, BA1 2HN

A joint event by the William Herschel Society and the BIS South West Branch

In 1957 ‘Skylark’ was Britain’s first rocket to reach space, and became the basis of the country’s first space programme and the birth of British space science and technology. Over the next 48 years, hundreds were fired from Australia and around the world, launching into space thousands of scientific instruments that made pioneering observations of the Earth, Sun, stars and galaxies. This activity produced some of the earliest UV and X-ray astronomical images obtained, a little-known result this talk will emphasise.

Entrance fee: £2 for members of the BIS and BRLSI, others £4 (payable on the night)

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