When: 30th March 2011
Where: Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
What was it?
Eyes on the stars – Space as inspiration was a free event organised by the Royal Society in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Piers Sellers, an astronaut with three space flights under his belt was in conversation with playwright Rona Munro and Professor of Space Science John Zarnecki.
The trio discussed their memories of the space race as well as where the future of space exploration is heading. There were some interesting tales about Gargarin, Armstrong and chief designer of the Soviet space programme, Korolyov. The audience had the chance to ask some questions, although some of them were a little odd! Munro, although possibly the least geeky of the three, had clearly done her homework about Korolyov and was able to share some little known stories. It’s good to know that she had done her homework since she has written a play about the man. His life seemed an intriguing one and it was a shame that there wasn’t time to hear more about him.
More info: The Royal Society runs free events throughout the year including lectures, discussions and exhibitions.