Stars to light up opening of Ireland’s biggest space event

The Official Opening Ceremony of the 30th International Space University’s Space Studies Program (SSP17) will take place on June 26th in Cork City Hall.Although this event is invitation only, it will be live streamed for the public on

The event will feature a flag ceremony with 320 International space delegates from 25 countries, before key dignitaries give an overview of the 2017 Space Studies Program, which will run for 9 weeks in Cork.  

Those speaking will include Minister John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, Dr Christian Sallaberger, Chairman of the Board of ISU (International Space University), Prof Walter Peeters, President of ISU, Dr Brendan Murphy, President of CIT, Dr Omar Hatamleh, Space Studies Program (SSP17) Director, Dr Niall Smith, Chair of the Local Organising Committee.

Also in attendance will be civic, county and national dignitaries, and Embassy and Consulate officials from the 25 countries participating this year in SSP17, national funding agencies, Science Foundation Ireland, as well as invited sponsors and guests.

The official ceremony will be followed by a performance of ‘The Sunset is Blue on Mars’ by renowned Irish artist Jack Lukeman (Jack L), and a showcase of modern Irish dancing by hit sensation Prodijig, so it should be ‘out of this world’.

Jack Lukeman is one of Ireland’s most respected and best loved performers described as “A mixture of all the great voices of the 20th Century by The Guardian.  At home Jack is a multi-platinum selling award winning singer songwriter. His latest self-produced album of original material “Magic Days” was a huge hit leading to a sell-out in Ireland. Jack has just completed 21 dates in the UK as special guest to Imelda May and during the summer Jack will be doing an extensive UK solo tour intermingled with dates in Italy with Aerosmith and the UK with Jools Holland.

Jack is “delighted to be able to participate in the Cork Space Studies Program”. He has a long standing passion in the field of Space expressed in such self-penned songs such “The Sunset is Blue on Mars”, “Universe” and “Stardust”. “What a voice..what a performer!” The LA Times. “A gorgeous, versatile baritone” The Washington Post. “Jack Lukeman’s voice is an irresistible force of nature” The Irish Times. “Brilliant Live performer 5 Stars” Scotsman.

Led by Cork born World Champion Irish dancer Alan Kenefick, ProdiJIG rose to international fame winning Sky’s ‘Got To Dance’ in 2012. ProdiJIG: The Revolution sees Alan combine his incredible individual dancing talent with a brave new form of choreography. Joined on stage by 14 of the best modern Irish dancers in the world, this will be a fitting opening to what promises to be a stellar event.

A public events series is running in conjunction with the Space Studies Program with highlights including numerous Business of Space events, Lectures with Dr. Gerald Soffen and with NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman on the Hubble Space Telescope, a giant Museum of the Moon at CIT, an International Astronaut Panel, a Robotics Competition, a Model Rocket Launch Competition, a Space Camp for kids…and much more.

These public events are available to book on and some are already booked out.