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After a decade long campaign, Jodrell Bank, the astronomical observation site, has received World Heritage status due to it’s “tremendous scientific endeavours and its role in achieving a transformational understanding of the Universe.” The Lovell Telescope, once the largest on Earth found at Jodrell Bank, has been at the centre of global space exploration and research since it was built in 1957. It tracked the first lunar craft to make a soft landing on the Moon in 1966, and during the Cuban missile crisis, acted as an early warning system in case of nuclear attack on British soil. 

Others inscribed into the list include eight structures from the 20th-century architect of Frank Lloyd Wright (b. 1867), including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (pictured), New York, and Fallingwater, Pennsylvania (pictured). According to the Frank LLoyd Wright Foundation, their road to success took more than 15 years.  To earn the UNESCO status a landmark must meet at least one of 10 selection criteria, such as representing a masterpiece of human creative genius or being an exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilisation, living or disappeared. Previously celebrated locations include Stonehenge, The Great Wall of China and Saltaire, West Yorkshire. 

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Image Credit: Frank Lloyd Wright, Fallingwater.