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Yuri Gagarin statue for Royal Observatory, Greenwich

He was the first man in space but an even greater honour awaits Yuri Gagarin - a statue in Greenwich.
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The Royal Observatory Greenwich will host Alien Revolution from March to August 2013, exploring the 16th century emergence of the view that there could be intelligent life on other planets.
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Hidden history of Stockwell Street revealed in university study

The hidden history of Stockwell Street has been revealed in a new archaeological study commissioned by the University of Greenwich. Over the summer, a team of up to 15 expert archaeologists excavated the town centre site, uncovering hundreds of years of human activity in the area.
The 85,000 project was carried out ahead of major building works, which will start later this year. The universitys campus library and the School of Architecture, Design & Construction are to be based at Stockwell Street, in a new development to open in 2014.
The archaeology team stripped off layers of earth, excavating as far as two metres below the current ground level, to reveal hidden patterns of early fields and ditches dating back to the 14th century, when Greenwich was little more than a remote settlement, with a church and manor house set amid rolling farmland.

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The foundation stone for the Royal Observatory in Greenwich England was laid in 1675.

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The Royal Observatory, Greenwich (formerly the Royal Greenwich Observatory or RGO) 336th Birthday.

The observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II, with the foundation stone being laid on 10 August.
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A beautiful 18th century clock has gone back on display in Greenwich after being dismantled and put together again.
Engineer John Harrison's H3 timekeeper, the third portable clock he made as he attempted to win the longitude prize, was dismantled into 1,676 pieces to allow experts to catalogue and analyse them.

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The Royal Greenwich Observatory was commissioned on the 4th May, 1675, by King Charles II, with the foundation stone being laid on 10 August.



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Visitor numbers down following Observatory charge

Visitor numbers at The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, were down 18 per cent in the first week of charging for entrance but those involved with running the historic tourist attraction are not concerned.
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Greenwich's Royal Observatory to start charging entry as visitor numbers flourish

The Meridian Line courtyard area and Flamsteed House in Greenwich Park will both charge adults 10 for an annual pass from March 8.
The Royal Observatory has seen a fourfold increase in visitor numbers over the last few years and money is needed to improve areas which have suffered "wear and tear".

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While London isn't famed for its spectacular views of the firmament, the Royal Observatory in Greenwich provides an opportunity for stargazers to embrace their inner Sir Patrick Moore. Opened in 1676 by Charles II, the observatory has long been a centre for astronomy and navigation, also being home to the prime meridian.
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