STARMUS astronauts — and a little rock ‘n’ roll

Posted by David Eicher
on Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Yesterday, I wrote about the STARMUS festival that occurred 3 weeks ago on Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It brought together several thousand people to celebrate science and art and focused on a major theme of the 50th anniversary of human space flight. Speakers included former astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Bill Anders, Neil Armstrong, Charlie Duke, Viktor Gorbatko, Alexei Leonov, Jim Lovell, Claude Nicollier, and Sergei Zhukov.

Photo credit: STARMUS Festival
It was really a unique event and one that I’m sorry I didn’t attend — I’ll definitely have to go to the next one. In addition to the astronomy and space science, guitarist Brian May of Queen fame, who is also a Ph.D. astronomer, gave a talk about space exploration and joined the group Tangerine Dream for a concert finale of the week.

Below are some interesting links to some of the talks and concert footage posted on YouTube. They are very entertaining.

  • Watch Brian May play Queen’s “We Will Rock You” with the members of Tangerine Dream on June 24.

You’ll find some other STARMUS videos on YouTube as well, and I encourage you to check them out.

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