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May 30, 2016 by Speakers' Spotlight

Brian May, Stephen Hawking and Chris Hadfield to appear at this year’s Starmus Festival

“Good morning, Earth!” That is how Colonel Chris Hadfield—writing on Twitter—woke up the world every day while living for five months aboard the International Space Station. Through his 21-years as an astronaut, three spaceflights and 2600 orbits of Earth, Colonel Hadfield has become a worldwide sensation, harnessing the power of social media to make outer space accessible to millions and infusing a sense of wonder into our collective consciousness not felt since humanity first walked on the Moon. Called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong,” Colonel Hadfield continues to bring the marvels of science and space travel to everyone he encounters. Colonel Hadfield will take part in the Starmus Festival this June,  a festival which seeks to celebrate astronomy, space, music, art, and science:

Starmus Festival is back again for a third time this summer and will be dedicated to eminent physicist Stephen Hawking.

Brian May, Professor Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Coxand Richard Dawkins will be among those appearing at the festival in Tenerife alongside Hans Zimmer, Sarah Brightman and Chris Hadfield, who will be performing songs by David Bowie.

The festival, which is an “international gathering celebrating astronomy, space exploration, music, art, and sciences such as biology and chemistry” will also feature eleven Nobel laureates.

Astrophysicist Brian May praised the “educational aspect” that “pervades the entire festival” and said the third festival would be the “best yet”.

“It’s a possibility of spending time in a privileged location on Tenerife with people who are an inspiration in different walks of life,” May told WIRED. “You never know who you’re going to have breakfast with.”

 

Emily Reynolds/Wired/May, 2016