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Astronomy & Space Science
David Mannion is a highly qualified teacher with 30 years teaching experience including The Open University (12 years), Schools and Colleges and with overseas teaching experience in two International Schools.

He has three university degrees in astronomy and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (elected in 1984). He has sat on the RAS Education Committee and has given numerous lectures on Astronomy to the general public over the last 35 years.

He is co-author (with Peter Grego) of a book celebrating 400 years of telescopic astronomy. This was published by Springer US in September 2010.

1. IYA 2009 400 years of telescopic astronomy
A look at the last 400 years of telescopic astronomy and an exploration of the exciting future developments over the next 40 years!

2. ET are you out there?
What are the chances of there being intelligent life in our Galaxy or in the Universe? What is the likelihood of listening in to the communication of aliens? What will be the effects on us if we do discover we are not alone?

3. Earth to Earth, Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust.
How were the Earth and rest of the Solar System formed? How do stars form and evolve? How has the Earth evolved and how did Life begin? How will the Sun die?

4. Cosmology revealed.
The latest ideas on Cosmology will be presented including the Big Bang Theory, The accelerating Cosmos, Gravity and Dark Matter, Dark Energy and the fate of stars and the Cosmos.

5. How will the World end?
There are many ideas on how the World will end. We will explore these ideas including the dangers of being hit by an Asteroid or Comet, Climate Change, the Sun becoming a Red Giant, a nearby exploding supernova etc.

6. 101 Questions on Astronomy
A few obvious questions answered like how real is Global Warming, what was the Star of Bethlehem, the Nature of Black Holes and Pulsars and Gamma Ray Bursters, Is there life on other worlds?

7. A Journey through our Universe
Going from our Solar System outwards to the edge of the visible Universe. We will take 45 mins to reach the visible edge of the Universe 13 billion light years away!

8. The first 61 years of Space Travel
What has Mankind achieved since the launch of Sputnik 1 in October 1957 61 years of Space Travel will be looked at. The future on manned and unmanned space travel for the next 50 years will be explored!

9. Heavens above November 2015
This is just the night sky in November 2015 in the Northern hemisphere or any month that I would be lecturing on a cruise PLUS a guided tour of the night sky after dinner.

10. The Future of Space Travel
60 years of space travel from Sputnik to the International Space station, Yuri Gargarin to Apollo and the Mars rovers, The four space probes that escaped our Solar System Pioneer 10 and 11 Voyager 1 and 2. What will be the new space programs to excite us in the next 25 years. What are the chances of reaching the speed of light?

11. Exoplanets
How do we discover new planets around other stars? Will we ever discover planets like the Earth?
What are the chances of finding life on other planets especially intelligent life? What are the probes being used to discover new planets as well as ground-based telescopes?

12. Stellar Evolution
How are stars born, with what mass, how do they evolve and how do they end their lives? We will look at the ways stars are born in Giant Molecular Clouds of gas and dust and end their lives as white dwarfs as small as the Earth or in spectacular supernovae explosions leaving behind a neutron star or a black hole. The longest lived stars have lifetimes that are a hundred times the age of our present Universe! The shortest lived stars last just 1 million years.
I have enjoyed all my 9 Cruises that I have worked over the last 7 years. These were: P&O Oriana,
Voyages of Discovery, Fred Olsens MS Balmoral twice, The Viking Star and The Viking Sea and recently SAGA Pearl II.
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Queen Mary 2 M840 Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing 7 New York Thursday, October 25, 2018
Saga Pearl 11 P2167 Canary Islands and Cape Verde 21 Southampton Saturday, January 7, 2017
Viking Sea SE161120 Ancient Empires & Holy Lands 14 Civitavecchia (for Rome) Sunday, November 20, 2016
Viking Star ST160807 Viking Homelands 14 Stockholm Sunday, August 7, 2016
Queen Mary 2 M610 Eastbound Transatlantic 9 New York Wednesday, July 6, 2016