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Martin Rees in Conversation with Brian May

Astronomer Royal Martin Rees joins astrophysicist and legendary Queen guitarist and songwriter Dr Brian May to discuss the past, present and future of space travel.

In a conversation moderated by the Science Museum’s Roger Highfield, Martin Rees and Brian May will explore the significance of the Moon landing, the progress in spaceflight since 1969, and what lies ahead for humans in space.


About the speakers

  • Martin Rees holds the title of Astronomer Royal and is a Fellow of Trinity College and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, and former President of the Royal Society. He has conducted influential work on subjects as diverse as black hole formation and extragalactic radio sources and his books include 'Our Cosmic Habitat', 'Just Six Numbers' and 'The Final Century'.

    His latest book 'On The Future: Prospects for Humanity' is a provocative and inspiring look at the future of humanity and science, exploring themes such as robotics, Artificial Intelligence and the threat of climate change.
  • Dr Brian May is best known as lead guitarist and co-founder of rock giants Queen, but his career as an astrophysicist and populariser of science is a celebrated one. After completing his PhD in 2007, May was appointed Visiting Researcher at Imperial College, co-founded Asteroid Day and most recently became a member of NASA's Osiris-REx Mission Science Team. From NASA’s control room he released New Horizons, a song that combines his greatest passions, astronomy and music. May also co-authored, with Chris Lintott and the late Sir Patrick Moore, critically acclaimed astronomy books 'The Cosmic Tourist' and 'Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe'.

    His latest book, 'Mission Moon 3-D', co-authored with David Eicher, Editor of Astronomy Magazine, is a stunning 3D photographic account of the lunar landing and the events that led up to it, with contributions from legendary moonwalkers Charlie Duke and Jim Lovell. The book is published by Brian’s fine art publishing house, The London Stereoscopic Company.