NEIL PEART: AN ASTRONOMER REMEMBERS

Dr. Stuart Clark on the passing of a legend…

 

I clearly remember the first time I heard Rush. I was rapidly approaching my teenage years. It was the late 70s and I was with a friend for an after-school visit. Although I don’t remember exactly what we were talking about at the time, it will have been something to do with space and science fiction – it always was. And then the epiphany happened.

 

Through the bedroom wall of my friend’s older brother came the sounds of 2112. I didn’t know what on earth I was hearing at the time, but I knew I had never heard anything so exciting in my life. That was the beginning of my lifelong love affair with the music of Rush.

 

It was uncanny how I completely took to the band. Album after album delivered music that I simply devoured. Without a doubt, a large part of my attraction to Rush in those days was their science fiction lyrics. The song 2112 – an epic of more than 20 minutes in length – was about a totalitarian future in which freedom of expression was outlawed. A similar theme cropped up in Red Barchetta from Moving Pictures. Rush plunged headlong into modern astronomy with Cygnus X-1, a song about the first black hole to be identified. On Hemispheres, they presented a full-on myth about classical gods battling each other for control of humankind.

MEET THE CREW: SUZIE IMBER

Planetary scientist and space weather guru Professor Suzie Imber was the winner of BBC2’s Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes? series in 2017 which led to her being recommended for joining ESA by Commander Chris Hadfield. Suzie worked as a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space...

MEET THE CREW: ANNA PHOEBE

Violinist and composer Anna Phoebe will be performing a very special brand new set during Session 2: Space Lab at this year's Space Rocks London. Titled Between Worlds: There Is No Planet B, the piece was inspired by the keynote speech given by ESA's Senior...

MEET THE CREW: CHRIS LINTOTT

BBC Sky At Night presenter and Professor of Astrophysics, Chris Lintott will be discussing black holes and the deepest mysteries of the universe with award-winning science author Lucy Hawking at Space Rocks. Here's what fascinates him about the subject of astronomy and space exploration…   When did...

MEET THE CREW: KRISTINA PULEJKOVA

  London-based multimedia artist Kristina's work is informed by science and technology and she is currently artist-in-residence at Somerset House. Working closely with Anathema and visuals developed by the European Space Agency, Kristina is producing the artwork visuals for the band's unique headline The Space Between...

MEET THE CREW! ROCKET SCIENTIST KATE UNDERHILL

ESA propulsion engineer Kate Underhill will be telling us all about rocket science during Session 1 of Space Rocks London. How hard can it really be?!   When did you first fall in love with science and space exploration? This is a bit of a cheesy story but...

MEET THE CREW: SPACE ROBOT ENGINEER SHAHRZAD TIMMAN

Aerospace engineer and expert in Human-Robotics Shahrzad Timman is dedicated to returning humanity to the Moon. She will be presenting a talk on a beginner's guide to space robots during Session 1 at Space Rocks London…     When did you first fall in love with science and...

MEET THE CREW! VOYAGER FRONTMAN DANIEL ESTRIN

Australian prog metal band Voyager are named after the space program of two unmanned probes that were launched by NASA back in 1977. Both probes are still in operation today, way beyond their original planned mission of studying Jupiter and Saturn. They are still sending...

MEET THE CREW: VINCENT CAVANAGH OF ANATHEMA!

We spoke to Anathema frontman Vincent Cavanagh on the inspiration behind the band's very special forthcoming Space Rocks London set, The Space Between Us…   What can people can look forward to with The Space Between Us? For this special event, we're working in collaboration with visual...

MEET THE CREW: SEL BALAMIR OF AMPLIFIER!

Founding Amplifier frontman Sel Balamir is no slouch when it comes to his love of all things final frontier. We hung out at the Science Museum in London, where he told Space Rocks where his adoration for the great beyond came about…    When did you first...