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Scientists to share secrets of deep space on board Swan Hellenic ships

SETI Institute researchers study life in the most inhospitable corners of the planet, including Antarctica, where the Swan Hellenic fleet operates for several months every year
Expert insights into deep space, including new discoveries and the search for other life forms, will be brought to Swan Hellenic passengers owing to a new partnership forged between the line and the SETI Institute.

The space and Earth science research organisation supports NASA and NSF programmes, and partners with private industry and academia to answer some of humanity’s most profound science questions.

As well as delving in to history, it will share with Swan Hellenic passengers the latest findings in astronomy, astrophysics, astrobiology and planetary science, and the quest to find other forms of life within and beyond our solar system. The latter takes SETI researchers to the most remote and inhospitable corners of the planet, including Antarctica, where Swan Hellenic operates for several months of the year.

Never-before-seen presentations on explorations around Earth and beyond will feature with instruments brought on board by the SETI scientists, such as an advanced telescope.

‘We are immensely proud of this new partnership,’ said Swan Hellenic CEO Andrea Zito. ‘The presence of the SETI Institute’s eminent scientists on board our cultural expedition cruises, imparting their expert knowledge of astrobiology, geology, physics, chemistry and astronomy, completes another facet of the quest to take our guests to see what others don't.’ 

Experts on board SH Vega and SH Diana

The experts initially scheduled for Swan Hellenic’s 2023 cultural expedition cruises include director of education & outreach and deputy director of research Dr. Simon Steel, a PhD astronomer and astrophysicist who specialises in studying galaxies. He has taught both at Harvard University and University College London. Plans are in the works for him to accompany SH Vega in Antarctica, the British Isles and Iceland.

Arrangements are being finalised for SETI president and CEO Bill Diamond to sail on board SH Diana in June when the ship makes its Arctic Odyssey cruise. He has worked predominantly in applied technologies and has over 20 years’ experience in photonics and optical communications, plus more than a decade in X-ray and semiconductor processing technologies.

 Diamond said of the agreement, ‘The SETI Institute’s work brings humanity’s relationship with our planet, our solar system and the universe beyond into focus. 

‘Over 100 Institute scientists strive to understand humankind’s place in the cosmos. Outreach and public engagement are also central to our mission, and we are delighted with the opportunity to have our scientists and thought leaders interact with the curious-minded adventurers who explore with Swan Hellenic.’