When was the last time you went to a festival where, alongside famous musicians, you could meet thousands of space enthusiasts and famous scientists from all over the world working in space research at leading universities, space agencies and research centres? A team of our own enthusiasts represented FAIR-SPACE Hub at this year’s Bluedot Festival, dedicated to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Bluedot is an annual event, held at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, England, putting together scientific displays, experiments, workshops, expert talks and hands-on investigations. From 19th - 21st July the FAIR-SPACE Hub exhibition corner became the attraction point for everyone who wanted to try a moon landing mission themselves, or test their drawing skills of Mars, moon, aliens, space rockets and have the opportunity to talk to our researchers about FAIR-SPACE Hub and some of the great work we are doing. At the neighbouring stages there were some stars of the space sector, including: Helen Sharman - giving a talk on her experience as the first British astronaut, Jeff Forshaw - theoretical physicist, talking about quantum physics in the universe, Jim Al-Khalil - academic physicist discussing possibilities of time travel, Marco Gersabeck - a researcher from CERN, exploring some mysteries around Big Bang and many other fascinating talks and discussions across research institutions and the industry.
The exhibit tent also included Aberystwyth University, Henry Royce Institute, ARUP,MDA UK, University of Manchester - MACE Flight Simulator team, British Antarctic Survey, to name a few. As a result of the weekend at Bluedot festival we attracted potential speakers from industry and academia, created connections with further industry representatives and most importantly delivered that the mission of space research is always to conduct, work together and celebrate outer space exploration achievements collaboratively.