World Space Week 2019.

Cunard is delighted to offer you the opportunity to celebrate World Space Week with a special space-themed Transatlantic Crossing.

September 26, 2019, Queen Mary 2.


Queen Mary 2 invites you to set sail once again to celebrate World Space Week on a special space-themed Transatlantic Crossing. The journey will feature a variety of space-themed experiences, including talks from distinguished space explorers and astronomers.

Cunard’s partnership with the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) allows the ship's onboard planetarium to offer specially-curated shows, explaining what can be seen in the night sky and putting distant stars and galaxies into focus. 

Acclaimed experts from many fields  - including astronauts, scientists and Royal Astronomical Society members - will join us to present and discuss all aspects of space and its exploration.

In addition to new space shows in Illuminations, the largest planetarium at sea, anyone who has enjoyed a clear night mid-Atlantic will attest to Queen Mary 2 being the perfect venue to stargaze - away from light and air pollution.

Special guests on board.

Dr. Dan Wilkins.

Dr. Dan Wilkins is an astronomer and fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. After receiving his doctorate from the University of Cambridge and a short research fellowship in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he is currently based at Stanford University in California, where he holds NASA’s prestigious Einstein Fellowship.

His research focuses on supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies and how matter plunging into them powers some of the most extreme objects we see in the universe and the important role they played in the formation of the universe as we know it today, while working towards the development of the next generation of space telescopes.

Dan has a passion for teaching, communicating science to the general public and helping people explore the wonders of the night sky. He regularly gives a variety of engaging (and sometimes explosive!) public lectures on contemporary topics across astronomy and the physical sciences as well as stargazing evenings, planetarium shows and demonstrations of both modern and historic telescopes.

Prof. Ulrich Walter.

Prof. Walter lectures in, researches and develops satellite systems, in particular for robotic applications, systems engineering (system modeling and optimization), human space flight systems (life support systems and ISRU) and high-velocity impact physics (investigation of micrometeorite impacts).

Prof. Walter studied physics and completed his doctorate at the University of Cologne, spending periods at the Forschungszentrum Jülich and the ILL high-flux reactor in Grenoble. After that, he did a year of postdoctoral research at Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, and an additional year at the University of California, Berkeley, thanks to a German Research Foundation grant.

He was selected to join the German astronaut team in 1987 and trained as a scientist-astronaut. In 1993, he joined the crew of the Columbia shuttle for its D-2 mission and conducted 89 scientific experiments. From 1994 to 1998, he was in charge of the German Aerospace Center’s satellite imaging database project. In April 1998, he became Program Manager at the IBM development laboratory in Böblingen. He has been Head of TUM’s Chair of Astronautics since March 2003.

Stephen Attenborough.

Stephen Attenborough leads commercial activities for Virgin Galactic, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which is on track to become the world’s first passenger-carrying commercial spaceline. He joined as the company’s first full time employee in 2004, tasked with putting in place the commercial foundations of the business and creating a new market for private space travel. This work has now attracted around 700 Future Astronauts from 60 countries along with $80m in deposits.

Stephen joined Virgin Galactic following a career in investment management in the City of London. He speaks regularly around the world about the importance of opening access to space for the benefit of life on Earth.

Dr. Robert Thirsk.

Dr. Robert Thirsk has flown on two space missions. As a member of Canada’s astronaut corps, he first flew in 1996 aboard the space shuttle Columbia on a Spacelab science mission. His second flight in 2009 was a six month expedition aboard the International Space Station—a first for Canada.

Dr. Thirsk has degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a doctorate of medicine from McGill University and a master of business administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Amy and Sue Bean.

Sue Bean, Apollo wife, and Amy Bean, daughter of aviator, astronaut and artist Alan Bean, write and speak in the tradition of the book “Astronaut Wives” and the recent movie “FirstMan.” Sue and Amy relate the joy, love, fear, sacrifice and the family experience in America’s Race to the Moon. Recently, they appeared at SpaceFest 2018, SpaceCenter Houston, and the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary celebration at Kennedy Space Center.

Professor Joanne Gabrynowicz.

Prof. Gabrynowicz has been teaching space law and remote sensing law since 1987 and was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law for 12 years. She was Research Professor and Director of the National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law of the University of Mississippi School of Law (2001 – 2013) and Professor of Space Studies and Director of Graduate Studies at the Space Studies Department of the University of North Dakota (1987 – 2001). She currently lectures at universities across Europe and China, and serves on a number of advisory committees in the US. She is a Director of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the Chair of its Publications Committee, and has briefed senior US Government officials on matters relating to space law and remote sensing.