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April 2-8, 2012 / Vol 31, No 14 / Hawai`i Island, USA

30 Mar 2012, 21:51 UTC
April 2-8, 2012 / Vol 31, No 14 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Yuri’s Night: International Events to Celebrate Over 50 Years of Human Spaceflight

A global celebration of human space achievement will take place on April 12 as the world remembers the 1st human space flight of Russia Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin TL) and the inaugural launch of Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-1) by NASA Astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen (BR) exactly 20 years later. Now in its 12th year, Yuri’s night has become the world’s largest Space celebration with over 100,000 people participating in over 500 events, spanning 7 continents and 75 countries in 2011. This year’s theme, “Make an Impact,” reminds participants of the importance of human space travel, and it encourages them to make their own impact locally through their Yuri’s Night event. The Blackstarr Group will host ‘Yuri’s Night LA’ on April 12 in Los Angeles CA. Space industry leaders from Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, NASA, Space Frontier Foundation, and XCOR are expected to attend the free event including Yuri’s Night Founders Loretta Hidalgo and George Whitesides (BL). The British Interplanetary Society will hold its Yuri’s Night celebration in London, with a screening of the hit internet film, ‘First Orbit’ and a presentation by Producer / Director Chris Riley. This ...

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