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April 9-15, 2018 / Vol 37, No 15 / Hawai`i Island, USA

6 Apr 2018, 20:24 UTC
April 9-15, 2018 / Vol 37, No 15 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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April 12 Will Commemorate Yuri’s Night, Cosmonautics Day, Columbia First Flight, and Las Cruces Space Festival

There will be a global observation for the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin, who orbited Earth on Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961. The flight lasted 108 minutes at 27,400 kph, 327 km above Earth. Yuri’s Night will celebrate humanity’s efforts in space with education, community outreach, and entertainment in hopes of promoting a sustainable and peaceful future. Currently ~110 events are scheduled in 32 countries on all 7 continents as well as virtual podcasts and webinars. The following day, Space Coast will host a celebration beneath Shuttle Atlantis at KSC and plans to feature Astronaut Nicole Stott, the 52nd woman in space. The 57th commemoration of Cosmonautics Day in Russia will celebrate Gagarin’s epical accomplishment with a ceremony in Korolyov, proceed to Gagarin’s grave in Red Square, and continue to Cosmonauts Alley and the monument “To the Conquerors of Space”. As NASA focuses on returning humans to the Moon, it will commemorate the 37th observation of the 1st Space Shuttle launch. The STS-1 Columbia flight carried John Young and Robert Crippen around Earth on a 54.4-hour mission in 1981. The inaugural Las ...

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