Human Spaceflight became a reality 45 years ago with the launch of Vostok 1. The capsule carried Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who became the first human to leave the bounds of Earth and enter outer space.
Exactly 20 years later, the United States embarked on a new era in spaceflight with the inaugural launch of a new type of spaceship — the Space Shuttle.
When the next 20-year point arrived, a new space milestone by connected thousands of people around the world to celebrate the past. That event was Yuri’s Night. It continues to bring the excitement, passion and promise of space travel closer to people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds.
Every year on April 12th Yuri’s Night is celebrated all around the world – last year there were over 90 events or parties held in over 30 countries worldwide – and this year looks set to be even bigger. The range of events is as diverse as the people who hold them – even the residents of the International Space Station have been known to join in the fun!
Whether in someone’s living room, a swinging nightclub or a world-class science museum, Yuri’s Night events all have one thing in common – people who are excited about space exploration and who want to join together to celebrate it.
So help us rock the planet in 2008 by either organizing your own Yuri’s Night event or supporting a local one. It’s not hard – get a group of friends together and call it a party! Just make sure you put your town on the map by registering your event with us on the “Host a Party” page. We can provide you with plenty of ideas and resources to make sure your party is out of this world. So be part of this major international event on a planetary scale – add your event today and let’s make this year the biggest Yuri’s Night celebration ever!
(all courtesy of Yuri’s Night.)