Yuri’s Night is the World Space Party. Yuri’s Night is a celebration of humanity’s achievements in space, with hundreds of parties and events held around the world each April. Yuri’s Night is an international celebration held every April 12 to commemorate milestones in space exploration. Yuri’s Night is named for the first human to launch into space, Yuri Gagarin, who flew the Vostok 1 spaceship on April 12, 1961. The launch of STS-1, the first Space Shuttle mission, is also honored, as it was launched 20 years to the day of Vostok 1 on April 12, 1981. The goal of Yuri’s Night is to increase public interest in space exploration and to inspire a new generation of explorers. Driven by space-inspired artistic expression and culminating in a worldwide network of annual celebrations and educational events, Yuri’s Night creates a global community of young people committed to shaping the future of space exploration while developing responsible leaders and innovators with a global perspective. These global events are a showcase for elements of culture that embrace space including music, dance, fashion, and art. I had the best time celebrating Yuri’s Night in Los Angeles this year at the California Science Center! I wish it could be Yuri’s Night every night! It’s wonderful to be surrounded by people who celebrate space and science! Still in shock over some of the people I got to meet while at the event, I don’t think I stopped smiling all night, and I can’t wait for next year!
“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, 1st human in space.