Eyes on the stars – Space as inspiration

The space race had an enormous impact on society, culture and popular imagination.

Eyes on the stars – Space as inspiration

Piers Sellers in conversation with Rona Munro and John Zarnecki.

  • Starts: 7.00pm on 30 March 2011
  • Finishes: 8.00pm on 30 March 2011
  • Venue: The Royal Society, London
  • Admission free. Doors will open at 6.20pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

In advance of our science-themed issue in April, we will be bringing you events, features and news that are focused on the sciences, especially their link to arts and culture. First up is Eyes on the stars – Space as inspiration, featuring Piers Sellers in conversation with Rona Munro and John Zarnecki, at the Royal Society in London.

Little Eagles, written by playwright Rona Munro, tells the extraordinary story of Sergei Korolyov, chief designer and unsung hero of the Soviet space programme. Organised in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, who are staged a production of Little Eagles at the Hampstead Theatre in April, the evening’s discussion between Little Eagles playwright Rona Munro, Professor of Space Science John Zarnecki and Dr Piers Sellers (a NASA astronaut) will focus on the incredible space race between the USSR and the USA, it’s legacy in popular culture, literature, the arts and human aspiration, as well as comparing the challenges faced in modern space exploration with those in Korolyov’s era.

Admission is free. You can find out more about the event  here and learn more about the Royal Society at their website, http://royalsociety.org.

If you cannot travel to London for the event, then it will be broadcast live on the web at royalsociety.org/live and available to view on demand within 48 hours of delivery.

Little Eagles is at Hampstead Theatre from 16 April to 7 May 2011. Visit www.rsc.org.uk/london for details.

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