The Starmus IV festival under the slogan ‘Life And The Universe’ will celebrate a synthesis between science and music from June 18th - 23rd 2017 in the Norwegian city of Trondheim, writes Margarita Chrysaki for EU Today.
The festival aims to bring these two worlds together and make them accessible to the public through the participation of the world’s most influential and renowned scientists, Nobel Prize winners, astronomers along with superstar musicians. Highlights will include keynote speeches from Steven Hawking, Larry King, Oliver Stone, Brian Cox, Joseph Stiglitz and many others, along with other talks and debates.
Hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), which provides an incredibly high-level quality of science, education and innovation, it is undoubtedly one of the main reasons why this thrilling city is referred to as the science and technology capital of Norway. The Starmus IV festival in cooperation with the NTNU will bring out the best of the science and music worlds by sharing knowledge, inspiring curiosity and stimulating a knowledge-based public debate.
During this very special launch event of Starmus, organized on Thursday 11th May in Brussels with the festival’s founder and world renowned astrophysicist, Garik Israelian present, Carlos Moedas, the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, opened the debate addressing: “Communicating science is important, now more than ever. And so we need more of these kinds of events”.
One of the great personalities on the board of STARMUS and a main speaker at the event is Alexei Leonov, the first man to walk in outer space, stepping out of the Voskhod-2 spacecraft on March 18, 1965. The purpose of his mission was to show that man could survive in open space and therefore landing on the moon could become a viable next step.
Moreover this pioneer was going to open the door to exploration. However, among a series of unexpected events, no one could have predicted the following. In the vacuum of space, a deformation developed in Leonov’s spacesuit. As a result he could not get back to the spacecraft. With only one hand available, as he was trying to keep close to the spacecraft with the other, he managed to open the pressure valve. He vented the pressure from his suit and just about managed to float into the airlock. The spacewalk may have only lasted for 12 minutes and 9 seconds but it was enough to increase Leonov’s core body temperature by 1.8°C. This could have caused heatstroke, which would have been a serious threat to his life.
During this special launch event of Starmus, Leonov shared more details of his experience outside the Voskhod-2 spacecraft and surprised the audience with his honest statements: “The stories about living on Mars are for the media. The truth is that we don’t know how the human organism would survive in an area without the magnetic field. In our solar system, only Earth and Jupiter have got magnetic fields and only on Earth we can find intelligent life”.
For more information and booking, visit the website: https://www.starmus.com/
Aleksei Leonov translated by Svetlana Skrynikova.
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