Tonight – April 12th, is Yuri’s Night; a night devoted to international space exploration. The holiday was named after Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space. Gagarin successfully flew the Vostok I spaceship on April 12th, 1961.
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. Yuri’s Night is often called the “World Space Party”.
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum will host ‘Yuri’s Night’ this Friday (April 13th), to celebrate accomplishments in space exploration, including a Science Slam that will educate and entertain, plus food, drink, and more.
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