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.
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 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 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. 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.