Today marks the 50th anniversary of the very first human space flight, April 12, 2011. On this night, 50 years ago, Russian Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin completed an orbit around the earth. He became an instant international celebrity and a heor of the Soviet Union. Today, space flight and exploration isn't as new as it was then, but it's stilll exciting! Everybody's doing the moonwalk.
There's a celebration event here in my town, St. Louis, Missouri; but it's a worldwide party and you are invited. Ir create your own impromptu event like go outside and enjoy the beautiful night sky - alone or with friends and family.
You can also make a video about why you're excited about Yuri's Night. Say something cool about science, engineering, space and planetary science, and you could be the winner of the YURI'S NIGHT 2011 VIDEO CONTEST. The Yuri’s Night 2011 Video Contest is an open source competition to engage the public to create tribute videos for the 50th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight to share at Yuri’s Night events around the world. As more videos become available they will be posted on this website and notifications will be circulated via Facebook and Twitter @YurisNight.
Learn more about Yuri Gagarin at these links.
Biography of Yuri Gagarin, via Wikipedia.
Yuri Gagarin's space flight 50th anniversary: the view from Russia, includes video
Yay! Space Exploration!
|Me, next to Space Exploration Patches, Boeing Museum|
taken at Boeing, St. Louis, Missouri - the Engineering company that designed and/or built most US space travel vehicle and equipment
|Skylab Patch at the Boeing Museum|
|Commemorative glassware for US Space Flight, Boeing Museum|
|Model of US Space Shuttle, Boeing Museum|
I know, my science geekiness surprises me, too.
See you outside, and tell me all about yur Yuri Night celebration!