‘He told us not to blow it ‘cause he knows it’s all worthwhile…”


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 was launched during Science Week 2018 and is available on all digital platforms since 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“.


This project came to life when CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory made the decision to celebrate the upcoming anniversary of the Moon Landing in a way that engaged and inspired people all over Ireland. We decided that Starman was the perfect vehicle for this.


Cork Educate Together Secondary School students informed the direction that the song should take over a series of workshops at BCO including with astronaut Paulo Nespoli. The students went on to make the video that calls other Irish students to action.

As a result, the song features audio sampled from students around the country.


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.


Thanks to our Patron NASA astronaut Dan Tani, Music Patron Jack Lukeman and Martin Clancy, Dublin Bowie Festival, Cork Educate Together Secondary School, National Children’s Choir, the Trinity String Orchestra, Sound Training Studio, Ger Eaton Producer, Niamh Shaw, Science Foundation Ireland, and all our friends that helped make this happen.


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