Never before has such an ambitious series of talks, articles, and recollections been assembled to celebrate the human exploration of space. It is the result of the unique Starmus meeting in 2011 on Tenerife, where the legendary Russian and American pioneers of the space age met up for the first time to share the moments that electrified the human race. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Bill Anders, Yuri Baturin, Charlie Duke, Victor Gorbatko, Alexei Leonov, Jim Lovell, Claude Nicollier, and Sergei Zhukov tell their personal stories about the first space walk, the lunar landing, the heroic recovery of Apollo 13, the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope, and much more. Our discovery of the Universe, our place within it, and the meaning of life on Earth also forged dramatic moments at Starmus through the presentations of some of the world's leading scientists and thinkers such as Rich Goldman, Brian May, Jack Szostak, Richard Dawkins, Jill Tarter, Joseph Silk, George Smoot, Michel Mayor, Robert Williams, Adam Burrows, Garik Israelian, Kip Thorne, Sami Solanki and Leslie Sage.
This volume was originally conceived to mark 50 years since Yuri Gagarin's first spaceflight, but is now equally dedicated to one of our greatest heroes in human history -- Neil Armstrong, who passed away in 2012.
With an introduction by renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Starmus: 50 Years of Man in Space celebrates the critical human moment we have lived -- the first steps into outer space, the explosion of knowledge about our cosmos, and where it might all be taking us. It will become one of the seminal books of our era.
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Dr. Garik Israelian, an astrophysicist at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (Spain), is the creative director and spiritual father of the Starmus Festival, which was celebrated in June 2011, and on which this book is based. In 1999 he led an investigation, reported in the journal Nature, that found the first observational evidence that supernova explosions are responsible for the formation of black holes. His research has led to several high profile discoveries, published in Nature and other professional journals, on extrasolar planets, massive stars and black hole binary systems. He has published over 200 academic papers, and was awarded the 2010 Ambartsumian Prize for Astrophysics, along with Michel Mayor and Nuno Santos, for studies of extrasolar planets and their parent stars.
Dr. Brian May, CBE, has published research articles in the field of the solar zodiacal dust cloud. He is coauthor, with Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott, of the bestselling popular astronomy books Bang!, and The Cosmic Tourist. A lifelong devotee of 3-D imaging, with Elena Vidal he wrote and illustrated A Village Lost and Found -- a book bringing the important work of 19th century stereoscopic photographer T. R. Williams into the 21st century. And in 2013 he published Diableries: A Stereoscopic Trip into Hell, with Denis Pellerin and Paula Fleming. Dr. May is most widely known as lead guitarist and founding member of the legendary rock band Queen. He is a passionate campaigner for the welfare of wild animals.
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