Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle.
Yuri’s Night events combine space-themed partying with education and outreach. These events can range from an all-night mix of techno and technology at a NASA Center, to a movie showing and stargazing at your local college, to a gathering of friends at a bar or barbecue.
For over 10 years, Yuri’s Night has celebrated achievements with a global space-themed party that transcends nationality and involves hundreds of events in dozens of countries. In 2011, the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight, over 100,000 people attended 567 officially recognized events in 75 countries on all 7 continents, while tens of thousands more watched the 12-hour live Yuri’s Night Global Webcast and participated online in the virtual world of Second Life.
On April 12th, 2013 Yuri’s Night will throw its flagship event under the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the Samuel Oschin Pavilion at the California Science Center – retired after 25 successful missions serving the International Space Station in its global collaboration for the advancement of humans in space.
In 1961, Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin shocked the world when he became the first human to orbit the Earth, landing safely in his Vostok-1 Capsule. The space race was in high gear. Twenty years later to the day in 1981, NASA launched the Space Shuttle program’s first orbital flight. They happened on opposite sides of the space race, but they share a date: April 12th.
VIP guest list includes featured speaker former ISS astronaut Garrett Reisman, moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, and a Cosmonaut sent to hang with us by Roscosmos. Planetary Radio and SpaceVidCast will be at the event and the Astronaut DJ will spin some epic tunes!
VIP tickets allow you to join at 8:00 pm for speakers and to rub elbows with VIP guests. Regular tickets let you get there at 9:00 pm and rock the night away with glow sticks, awesome costumes, and more mylar than an interstellar probe! Space is limited (well, not outer space but the pavilion has a capacity limit) and tickets are going fast! To grab your chance at this once in a lifetime event check out the registration.
WHAT: Yuri’s Night: The World Space Party
WHEN: Friday, April 12, 2013 | 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
WHERE: California Science Center | 700 Exposition Park Drive | Los Angeles, CA 90037
- Tickets: General admission $15 | VIP $50
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