Jack Lukeman, music patron at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, together with the National Children's Choir and the Trinity String Orchestra have come together for The Starman Project to release David Bowie's iconic anthem 'Starman'. The project celebrates the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission and the inspirational power of science and space. Fittingly, the single will be launched during Science Week 2018 and will be available on all digital platforms from Friday November 9, 2018.
The single is the culmination of a massive national STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) project that was announced at the launch of Space Week 2018. Driven by students at Cork Educate Together Secondary School and overseen by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, the Starman project saw students from all over Ireland getting involved and contributing to the final recording.
Speaking about the single, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory spokesperson, Clair McSweeney said "The Apollo 11 mission was an exercise in testing the limits of human ambition and cooperation that culminated in a timeless moment that unified and inspired a generation; the small step, before the giant leap. As the 50th anniversary of this seminal event approaches, what better way to celebrate it than to undertake another ambitious project in that spirit of cooperation with students from across Ireland collaborating with Jack Lukeman and the National Children's Choir on The Starman Project and the release of 'Starman' in aid of Lauralynn Children’s Hospice".
The Starman video is inspired by the Earthrise image; the iconic image of planet Earth captured from space during the Apollo 8 mission on December 24, 1968; by David Bowie’s love of Earth and Space; and appreciation of our duty of care to our only home. The video is set against a sweeping backdrop of Ireland’s Dark Sky sites, archaeoastronomy sites and skyscapes such as the Boyne Valley where over 5,000 years ago Stone Age astronomers in Ireland built monuments to track the Sun.