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Halley's Comet Cruises

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Stella Solaris and Stella Oceanis

The Return of Halley's Comet - 1986

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[Halley's Comet Cruise brochure] Dear Fellow Traveller,

It is a pleasure to welcome you on these historic voyages to greet the long-awaited return of Halley's Comet, visit exotic destinations in the Caribbean and West Indies, journey the green jungle delta of the mighty Amazon River and sail along coastal Brazil.

From land, at sea, and in space, all of planet Earth is now gearing up for the appearance of mankind's most famous comet. No other astronomical object generates as much scientific and public wonder as does this heavenly apparition.

Everyone's epitome of an ideal comet, Halley's has acquired its venerable place because of its naked-eye visibility and predictable once-in-lifetime appearances. It performs like a giant cosmic clock that sounds once every 76 years. As a majestic metronome, it beats out the rhythm of a long lifetime and serves as a reminder of our mortality since most of us can hope to see this epic cosmic voyager only once.

Halley's Comet has also had the provocative tendency to appear at inauspicious times in history. Until very recently, it was legendary as an omen of ill-fortune and a portent of disaster. Today, we rush to greet this “hairy star” in an effort to unlock its long kept secrets. It is an irresistible object of scientific fascination, for written within the very chemical structure of its makeup are volumes of information that will not only give us a better understanding of comets, but also new insights into the birth and early history of the entire solar system.

Sun Line Cruises' Halley's Comet Rendezvous voyages were designed to offer you a unique opportunity to become involved in stimulating educational, cultural and scientific activities, while enjoying the social and recreational pleasures of elegant cruising at its very best. The shore excursions have been developed to meet the desires of the adventurer who is stimulated by peoples and cultures as well as natural and man made wonders.

In order to broaden and deepen the myriad sensations, observations, and emotions that you will experience during the voyage, a distinguished staff of internationally renowned authorities will present lectures, seminars, and panel discussions on Halley's Comet and many other engaging aspects of astronomy, space science and natural history. Instructions on how to best photograph the comet and the stars and constellations of the Southern Hemisphere will be available to all passengers wishing to take advantage of the opportunity.

As the sun sets each evening, those who wish can join our astronomers on deck to search for the elusive and enigmatic green flash and learn more about the starry grandeur that graces the skies at night.

As we sail beyond land's end, a whole other world will unravel…one of dolphins, whales and flying fish; of glorious sunsets and shooting stars, and distant landfalls in the dawn's awakening light. At sea one day blends into another. As coastlines rise above the horizon, our mind and imagination catches a transitory glimpse of what the Earth was like when our world was young. And as we approach land, we wonder of its promises — what new and strange marvels it has to offer us.

We are pleased to welcome you aboard our Halley's Comet Rendezvous cruises to share with us the camaraderie of friends and adventurers with similar interests, the excitement of an exquisite cruise and the drama of witnessing the 30th recorded appearance of Halley's Comet from the unequalled vantage point of a ship at sea.

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Science at Sea— Enrichment Lecture Staff

Halley's Comet Rendezvous Cruise
[Halley's Comet Cruise Staff - Oceanis]

Halley's Comet Rendezvous Cruise Science at Sea staff - Stella Oceanis
Allen Seltzer, Dr. R. Lynn Bondurant, Jr., Captain Aslanis,
Dr. Paul Knappenberger, Astronaut Loren Acton,
Astrophotographer Robert Little and cruise-organizer Marcy Pedas Sigler

Dr. Loren Acton
Solar physicist who conducted research aboard NASA's Space Shuttle 51-F/Spacelab 2 mission.
Dr. Anthony F. Aveni
Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University and an internationally recognized authority in archaeoastronomy.
Ben Bova
Author of fact and fiction with more than 60 books to his credit; futurist and spokesperson for the exploration of space and President of the National Space Institute.
Dr. Lynn Bondurant, Jr.
Chief of the Education Services Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Lewis Research Center.
Dr. Edward M. Brooks
Recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on eclipse meteorology and an expert on Geophysics.
Dr. Donald B. Campbell
Radio Astronomer and Director of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center's Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Dr. John B. Carlson
Extragalactic astronomer, founder and Director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy at the University of Maryland.
Dr. Joseph M. Chamberlain
Director of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and an authority on celestial navigation.
Von del Chamberlain
President-Elect of the International Planetarium Society and Director of the Hansen Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Mark R. Chartrand
Science communicator, writer and formerly Executive Director of the National Space Institute.
Dr. John A. Eddy
Solar astronomer and senior scientist at the High Altitude Observatory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
Dr. Karl G. Henize
Astronaut in the United States Space Program specializing in the Spacelab astronomy missions.
George T. Keene
Foremost authority on Astrophotography, telescope maker, writer and supervisor of the Research and Engineering Department of Eastman Kodak.
Dr. Paul Knappenberger
Robert T. Little
Astrophotographer, telescope expert, and Field Technical Manager for Bausch and Lomb.
Dr. Stephen P. Maran
Astronomer specializing in comets and senior staff scientist in the Laboratory for Astronomy and Space Physics at NSAS's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Dr. Brian G. Marsden
Astronomer specializing in comets with the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory and Director of the International Astronomical Union's Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.
Captain Loren McIntyre
Explorer who discovered the source of the Amazon River, writer and photographer of the Amazon and other remote destinations in South America.
Dr. Ronald A. Parise
Astronomer, scientific data analysis researcher and payload specialist for the Astro series of Spacelab astronomy missions for NASA.
Ted Pedas
Astronomer Ted Pedas launched the concept of astronomy theme cruises and is acknowledged as a pioneer in the specialty field of ocean-going science travel programs.
Leif J. Robinson
Editor of “Sky and Telescope” Magazine, authority on astrophotography and birding.
Allen Seltzer
Astronomer, astrophotographer and Hayden Planetarium part time lecturer.
Dr. Charles D. Smith
Communicator in Astronomy and Director of the Science Museum of Virginia's Universe Theater.
Walter Sullivan
Science writer for the "New York Times" with a clarity of expression and extensive knowledge that has enabled millions of readers to understand the means and ends of scientific research.
Dr. Fred L. Whipple
Director emeritus of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, he has earned the reputation of "Dr. Comet" for his decades of research in this area of astronomy.
Dr. Warren M. Young
Professor of Astronomy at Youngstown State University and specialist in the Photometry of binary stars.
Note: Not all individual lecturers will be on all cruise segments.

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