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Beginnings. The making of the modern cosmos

Since the very first Homo Sapiens looked up at a star-filled sky we have been awestruck by the vastness of the cosmos. Even today we remain humbled by the sheer immensity of space, especially as through our progress in physics and astronomy, we are now aware of the tremendous distances involved – even to our closest neighbouring stars.

Following on from the huge success of the first Starmus “50 years in space” festival in Tenerife in June, 2011, which featured keynote presentations from Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell, Alexei Leonov, Richard Dawkins, Kip Thorne and George Smoot. We are very pleased to announce the second Starmus 2014 Festival, the finest combination of science, art and music to be found anywhere in the world at this time.

This unique event will feature presentations from Astronauts, Cosmonauts, Nobel Prize Winners and prominent figures from science, culture, the arts and music. An astronomical and artistic experience that will enhance your perception of your place in the Universe and change your life forever!

SEPTEMBER 22-27, 2014

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TENERIFE
CANARY ISLANDS
SPAIN

Let us hope that our grandchildren at our age can look back and say, ‘The 20th century was a century of advancement and improvement in technology, and the 21st century was a century of advancement and improvement in human character. Neil Armstrong Starmus Festival 2011

Discover the Cosmos and Change the World

Beginnings. The making of the modern cosmos

Astronauts, Cosmonauts, Nobel Prize winners, eminent researchers and prominent figures from science, culture, the arts and music will preside over a conference to both discuss and try to answer the big questions of the day:

Where do we come from?, Where are we headed?

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Robert Wilson

Nobel Prize Winner

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Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge Massachusetts. Nobel Prize in Physics in 1978.

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Sir Harold Kroto

Nobel Prize Winner

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Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University where he is carrying out research in nanoscience and cluster chemistry. Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1996.

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Richard Dawkins

Ethologist & Evolutionary Biologist

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Ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author of ‘The Selfish Gene’, ‘The Extended Phenotype’ and ‘The God Delusion’ among others. Was the University of Oxford’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science.

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Charles “Charlie” Duke

Apollo 16 Astronaut

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Participated as Orion lunar module pilot on the Apollo 16 mission in 1972 and explored Descartes. The Apollo 16 mission is considered one of the most successful, due to the number of experiments performed on lunar terrain, and the amount of rocky material brought to Earth.

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Edgar “Ed” Mitchell

Apollo 14 Astronaut

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Was the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 14 mission and the sixth man to walk on the moon. Mitchell served as an astronaut in mission support and as a substitute Apollo 9 lunar module pilot of the Apollo 10 mission. He was elected as a substitute for lunar module pilot of the Apollo 16 mission.

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Harrison “Jack” Schmitt

Apollo 17 Astronaut

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Was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 17 and became the last person to walk on the moon. Schmitt was also selected for the backup crew of Apollo 15, and he was a clear candidate to participate in the Apollo 18 mission.

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Alexei Leonov

Russian Cosmonaut

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On 18 March, 1965, Alexei Leonov became the first human to conduct a space walk. This historic event occurred on the Voskhod 2 flight. He was outside the spacecraft for 12 minutes and nine seconds connected to the craft by a 5.35 meter tether. At the end of the spacewalk, his spacesuit had inflated in the vacuum of space to the point where he could not re-enter the airlock. He opened a valve to allow some of the suit’s pressure to bleed off and was barely able to get back inside the capsule. From 1976 to 1982, Leonov was the commander of the cosmonaut team (“Chief Cosmonaut”) and deputy director of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Leonov is an accomplished artist whose published books include albums of his artistic works.

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Vladimir Dzhanibekov

Russian Cosmonaut

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Dzhanibekov has spent over 146 days in space aboard five spaceflights. He is one of the most experienced cosmonauts in history. His first was aboard Soyuz 27 in 1978. The spacecraft docked with the Salyut 6 space station for 8 days. He spent another week aboard Salyut 6 in 1981. In 1982, he commanded Soyuz T-6. He made his fourth flight in 1984 aboard Salyut 7. He took a spacewalk during this mission to repair a power system. In 1985, he took part in a dangerous mission to revive the dead Salyut 7 space station. The crew made a five-hour spacewalk to restore solar panels and repair power systems to the station.

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Sergei Krikalev

Russian Cosmonaut

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Krikalev became a cosmonaut in 1987 and has spent over 461 days in space. In 1988, he flew aboard the Mir space station. In 1991, he flew a second time on Mir and made an unprecedented 6 spacewalks where he did space construction. Space Missions include : Mir EO-4 (Soyuz TM-7), Mir LD-3 (Soyuz TM-12, Soyuz TM-13), STS-60, STS-88, Expedition 1 (Soyuz TM-031, STS-102, Expedition 11 (Soyuz TMA-6)

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Viktor Savinykh

Russian Cosmonaut

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Savinykh became a cosmonaut in 1978 and has spent over 253 days in space on three spaceflights. In 1981, he spent 74 days aboard the Salyut 6 space station. Space Missions include : Soyuz T-4, Soyuz T13, Mir EP-2 (Soyuz TM-5/ Soyuz TM-4). In 2005, minor planet 6890 was named after Savinykh.

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Yuri Baturin

Russian Cosmonaut

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In 1973 Yuri Mikhailovich Baturin graduated at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. In 1980 he also graduated at the Law Institute of Moscow State University, where he also obtained a doctorate in laws. A former politician, he has been Head of National Security and has served on the National Defence Council. In 1997 he was selected as a cosmonaut. In 1998 he flew on Soyuz TM-28/Soyuz TM-27 as a research cosmonaut and in 2001 on Soyuz TM-32/Soyuz TM-31 as flight engineer.

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Brian May

Astrophysicist, musician, singer and songwriter

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Brian May, CBE, has a PHD in astrophysics from Imperial College, and was Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013. He has also published research articles in the field of the solar Zodiacal dust cloud. Dr May is most widely known as lead guitarist and founding member of the legendary rock band Queen. He is an active animal rights advocate and was appointed a vice-president of animal welfare charity the RSPCA in September 2012.

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Robert Williams

Astrophysicist

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Professor Robert Williams, an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), is President of the International Astronomical Union. (IAU). He is an STScI Distinguished Research Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Physics and Astronomy Department in Baltimore. Professor Williams served as Hubble STScI Director from 1993 until 1998, before which he had been Director of Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile. He was instigator and leader of the Hubble Deep Field, one of humankind’s deepest, most detailed visible-light views of the Universe. A champion of research and public outreach, Prof. Williams has lectured widely on recent astronomical discoveries and their relation to human understanding. He is an avid runner and cyclist.

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Jill Tarter

Director of the Center for SETI

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Director of the Center for SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) research at the SETI Institute in California (USA), Tarter holds the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the California Academy of Sciences. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2004. She was awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology (2001), the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization (2005) and the 2009 TED Prize. Dr Tarter’s
astronomical work is illustrated in Carl Sagan’s novel Contact. In the film version of Contact the protagonist, Ellie Arroway, is played by Jodie Foster. Arroway was ‘largely based’ on Tarter’s work. Dr Tarter has spoken around the world and has published dozens of articles
about SETI to engage earthlings across the planet in this important search and to encourage young people (especially young women) to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology.

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SEPTEMBER 22-27, 2014

Abama Golf & Spa Resort
TENERIFE
CANARY ISLANDS
SPAIN

108′

Beginnings. The making of the modern cosmos

A gathering of eminent astronauts, astronomers, cosmonauts, physicists and engineers inside the GTC Roque de los Muchachos Observatory Dome, on the beautiful island of La Palma. The 10.4 meter Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) is the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world.

108-minutes of the latest news and discoveries in astronomy delivered first hand by World experts in the field. We will discuss some key problems that concern all humanity and will suggest some possible solutions.

Roundtable discussion timed to last as long as the first ever journey into space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961.

Teide Star Party

Beginnings. The making of the modern cosmos

In the magical surroundings of the Teide National Park you will feel as if you are walking on the Moon, with its surreal lunar-like landscapes. Even without the aid of a telescope you will be able to see the magnificent Milky Way stretching high above you from horizon to horizon.

This will be an unforgettable night to star gaze in the company of professional astronomers, to savour the vastness of the night sky, with some of the clearest, darkest skies anywhere to be found on the planet.

Observe the firmament, and feel as if you can actually touch the stars in the finest open air observatory on Tenerife.

Astrophotography

Beginnings. The making of the modern cosmos

International Astrophotography Contest

Capturing ancient photons.

With the right equipment, a lot of preparation, a great deal of patience, and maybe just a little luck – you can capture the amazing beauty the night sky has to offer us.

Capture that elusive award-winning night-sky image from anywhere on Earth and you could win an invitation to the Starmus Festival plus an hour to see the Universe as never before using the largest optical telescope on Earth – the GTC Roque de los Muchachos Observatory” on the island of La Palma.

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Astrophotography School

Once in a lifetime opportunity to receive practical tuition and guidance on astrophotography from world renowned astrophotographers, in an incredibly unique setting at 2110 m, in the crater at the foot of Mt Teide More information…

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Astrophotography Competition

Win an all expenses paid trip to Starmus and carry out a 60 min observation of the object of your choice with the largest optical
telescope in the world: the GTC (GRANTECAN or Gran Telescopio Canarias) on the island of La Palma More information…

Light captures light.


Sonic Universe

Beginnings. The making of the modern cosmos

Music and dance, a celebration of life, an enrichment of the soul. Feet stamping upon Mother Earth, sounds creating other sounds.

An exceptional concert of modern music for your enjoyment. A message of harmony sent into space that will reverberate to the edges of the Universe. Sounds and emotions entwined forever in this unique experience.

Artist Lineup

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Rick Wakeman performing live on stage in Tenerife!

Friday, 26th September 2014

We are very excited to confirm that Rick Wakemen the legendary keyboard player from the internationally renowned progressive rock band YES will be performing live on stage for the first time in Tenerife, as part of this years Starmus Festival. More information…

Paradise on Earth

Beginnings. The making of the modern cosmos

From Mount Teide’s 3,718 metre summit down to the beach, from the mysterious “laurisilva” forests to the desert landscapes, from snow to sun, from well frequented tourist haunts to well-hidden locations – everything less than an hour apart – and with 20C average temperatures all year round.

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Canary Islands

The Canary Islands also known as the Canaries, are a Spanish archipelago located just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa, which enjoy a wonderful mild climate with an average temperature of 21C all year round. More information…

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Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest and most populous island of the seven Canary Islands. The 3718 meter high volcano Mount Teide dominates the island with its huge crater. It is an island of many contrasts and micro climates with mountains, forests and beautiful beaches. More information…

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La Palma

La Palma also called the “beautiful island” because of its exuberant countryside is the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands, Spain. La Palma has an area of 706 km2 making it the fifth largest of the seven main Canary Islands. More information…

If you want to experience the nearest thing to Paradise – come and visit Tenerife and La Palma.