Yuri's Night Space Parties Launching Worldwide This Weekend

  • Apr 9, 2014 10:38am GMT

How often do you get to party with aliens, astronauts and intergalactic cocktails underneath a real Space Shuttle?

This year’s flagship Yuri’s Night event will take place on Friday April 11 in Los Angeles at the California Science Center's Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion. The VIP event features former NASA Astronaut Ron Garan who will share about actually being on the International Space Station for the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic first spaceflight. Ron even brought up Yuri's Night t-shirts for the whole crew to wear for the occasion. Inspired by his flight he created Fragile Oasis, a website that helps encourage people to use space to make a difference here on Earth.

First launched on 12 April 2001, Yuri’s Night celebrates the serendipity of former super rivals sharing a space anniversary. On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the earth and on 12 April 1981 the U.S. launched the first U.S. Space Shuttle– twenty years later to the day, due to a two-day launch slip. Yuri’s Night is also a global celebration of humanity’s future in space and how we can use space to help us become the people we have always wanted to be. Last year we had parties on all 7 continents and the Curiosity Rover even tweeted out from her party on Mars!

In L.A. will have a host of other space experts and projects of interest to learn about and talk to. It's really the most fun space night club in L.A because you can go up and talk to just about anyone. Costumes are encouraged. Aliens, space travelers, rocket motors and anything sparkly or that lights up is probably along the right track. For more information or tickets go to http://la.yurisnight.net.

If you are near San Francisco you have events at the California Academy of Science on Thursday, and Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland on Saturday along with two other parties as well. If you are near Washington DC, there are also three difference Yuri’s Night events to choose from. Seattle has an event at the Museum of Flight. Florida, Paris, Finland, Australia, Canada, Bulgaria and Japan are also well represented. Czech Republic is even having a Shrimp in Space party, but you have to be sure to pre-order tickets to make sure they have enough shrimp!

There are Yuri’s Night parties of all kinds taking place all over the planet. To find a Yuri’s Night Party near you or register your own, visit: http://yurisnight.net/find-a-party

The International Space Apps Challenge is also hosting Yuri’s Night events around the world as well on April 12th with teams competing to code solutions to 32 difference challenges that NASA put out. It is another awesome way to bring together space and making a difference in honor of Yuri’s Night! If that appeals to you please check out their site at http://https://2014.spaceappschallenge.org.