[Press and Public Relations] Star Quality Recognised

January 2002

No 25  

Both the University of Leicester Space Research Centre and the National Space Centre received praise in a debate in the House of Lords, following a visit by members of a House of Lords Select Committee.

Members of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology visited the Space Research Centre, spending the morning looking at some of its ground-breaking research.   They then took lunch at the University before visiting the National Space Centre in Abbey Meadows.

They were obviously impressed with what they had seen.   During a debate at the House of Lords on 14 January 2002 to discuss the priorities of the UK’s space-science and technology programmes, Lord Rea commended the Space Research Centre’s research, calling it “blue skies research, looking at other planets and galaxies”.   He added that it has “some very practical uses in observing the Earth’s atmosphere and surface from a great height, which has very considerable and quite immediate economic benefits.”

Replying, Lord Sainsbury also praised  the reputation of the SRC, and emphasised the importance of the work it undertakes.   He said he thought that Leicester is a very good laboratory and likely to receive "more than its fair share of funds" and indicated that the Government is putting very substantial sums into programmes which have great relevance to monitoring projects to do with earth observation.

The same debate revealed that the National Space Centre, co-founded by the University of Leicester and Leicester City Council, is planned to be the information centre for the UK on near-earth objects.

Note to editors:  For further information on the work of the University of Leicester Space Research Centre, or the visit in December of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, please contact the Director of the Space Research Centre, Professor Alan Wells, telephone 0116 252 3522, facsimile 0116 252 2464, email aw@star.le.ac.uk


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