Tenerife Magma Centre to host literally out of this world Starmus festival in March 2011


Legendary astronauts like Alexey Leonov (first spacewalk) and Valentina Tereshkova (first woman in space), Buzz Aldrin, and the hero of Apollo 13, Jim Lovell, will be in Tenerife in March next year to take part in a homage to Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to orbit the earth. The homage will form part of the Festival Starmus, an exposition-conference devised by Garik Israelian, an astronomer with the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). It will be held in the Magma Centre in the south between 21 and 26 March.

Starmus will be a scientific, artistic and musical extravaganza and, apart from honouring Yuri Gagarin, will celebrate astronomy itself. The group Tangerine Dream will give a concert which will feature, for the first time, music derived from real sounds from celestial bodies. Also taking part will be several Nobel prize winners, like physicist George Smoot and biologist Jack Szostak, and Richard Dawkins, the first Charles Simonyi professor for the Public Understanding of Science in Oxford.

All talks will be simultaneously translated in Spanish, English, and Russian. Delegates will stay one of several top 4 or 5 star hotels in the south, and the prices aren’t cheap: they start at €2,200. For those who are seriously interested, however, this might be a small price to pay to mingle with company which is quite literally out of this world. The main site for the expo-conference is starmus.com. The registration page is HERE.

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