year, travel with The Planetary Society and discover
mysteries of Deep Space and Near-Earth Asteroids!
ARECIBO & the Lesser Antilles
board the 5-masted Yacht, Royal Clipper!
January 30 - February 9, 2013
invite you to join us on this wonderful adventure to
Our adventure combines two tremendous opportunities—a
chance to see the Arecibo Radio Telescope near San Juan,
Puerto Rico, and an opportunity to explore the ring
of volcanic islands called the Lesser Antilles which
circle around the eastern Caribbean. We’ll travel
on board the 227-foot, 5-masted Royal Clipper—one
of the world’s largest sailing yachts.
During our visit to Puerto Rico, we will first explore
San Juan, where an impressive fort and historic Old
Town bring back visions of pirate days and the heritage
of the Caribbean. We will then head into the mountains
Puerto Rico where you will meet Arecibo staff and scientists
who organize Arecibo's operations and conduct fascinating
For all of you interested in learning about deep outer
space and SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence),
the famous Arecibo Radio Telescope is the world’s
largest and scientists have used it to conduct fascinating
research. Scientists here delve into many aspects of
the new deep space astronomies, from quasars and pulsars
to the origins of the universe from the moment of the
From Puerto Rico, we will fly to Barbados, just southeast
of the amazing volcanic island chain of the Lesser Antilles.
Originally the Carib Indians lived here, to be followed
European explorers and adventurers. The Spanish, French,
and Dutch all claimed islands for themselves, and brought
European culture and way of life to the islands, still
some of the historic forts and along narrow streets.
Africans were brought to work in the sugar plantations.
Their music and dancing set the tone for much of Caribbean
culture and steelbands today.
Now, we’ll have an opportunity to relive the heritage
Caribbean as we explore these beautiful islands on board
the fabulous—yet affordable— Royal Clipper!
From Barbados, we will sail to St. Lucia, Dominica,
St Kitts, Isles les Saintes, and Martinique! There will
opportunities for snorkeling and beach activities, to
go whale watching, to explore historic towns, go hiking
in the rainforest, and to discover the night sky along
with other Planetary Society members! It will be an
We invite Planetary members with a sense of wonder and
adventure to join us and come to the Caribbean this
and explore the islands, underwater world, and the night
skies of the Lesser Antilles.
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