Yuri’s Night! April 12!
“Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it!“- Yuri Gagarin
Yuri’s Night is an international celebration held annually on April 12 to commemorate not only Yuri’s historic flight, but also space exploration milestones in general. The launch of NASA’s first Space Shuttle mission, STS-1, launched April 12, 1981, 20 years to the day of Yuri’s Vostok 1 flight, is also honored.
Started in 2001, and now celebrated internationally each year, Yuri’s Night, the World Space Party, came into existence at the previous year’s United Nations’ Space Generation Advisory Council Conference in Graz, Austria.
The goal of Yuri’s Night is to increase public interest in space exploration and inspire new generations of explorers. And to have a damn good time in the process! Last year Yuri’s Night was celebrated at over 350 events in 57 countries, and this year the party promises to be even bigger! You can check the Yuri’s Night website to find out what ‘Planet Rocking’ events are being held near you, or to post your own event.
Since I’m currently out-of-state, and out-in-the-middle-of nowhere (aka BFE!) visiting family, we’re planing an out-of-this-world crawfish boil for this afternoon followed by some star gazing this evening. While being in the middle of nowhere does limit my options of finding a cool Yuri’s Night event, the star gazing quality increases by a bajillion percent!
For a more ‘quiet’ tribute to Yuri Gagarin, check out this short film by Rene Nuijens and Steve Korver…