Yuri's Night

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Yuri's Night

The World Space Party

Every April 12th, people from around the world gather to celebrate the first spaceflight. Find an event near you!

Help us catalyze events around the world and you could win cool space prizes! Learn more.

Yuri Gagarin, 1st person in space
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 person in space

About Yuri's Night


What is Yuri’s Night?

Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present, and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle.

Yuri’s Night events combine space-themed partying with education and outreach. These events can range from an all-night mix of techno and technology at a NASA Center, to a movie showing and stargazing at your local college, to a gathering of friends at a bar or barbecue.

In 2011, the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight, over 100,000 people attended 567 officially-recognized events in 75 countries on all 7 continents, while tens of thousands more watched the 12-hour live Yuri’s Night Global Webcast and participated online in the virtual world of Second Life.

(Photo Credit: Sam Coniglio)

Since 2001, Yuri’s Night has:

  • Featured talks and presentations by Ray Bradbury, Will Wright, George Takei, Richard Garriott, Anousheh Ansari, and many others
  • Been celebrated at the South Pole, Hayden Planetarium, and in orbit on the International Space Station
  • Planted hundreds of “moon trees” around the world in collaboration with American Forests
  • Received the “Best Presentation of Space” award from the Space Frontier Foundation
  • Trained the next generation of space leaders for organizations such as the National Space Society, Virgin Galactic, and Space Florida

Anyone can start a Yuri’s Night event, and it’s completely free. Are you interested? Register your party today!

Learn about the Yuri’s Night Global Executive Team.


Top Stories

Celebrate World Space Week with Yuri’s Night

6. 10. 2014
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Can’t wait until April to share space with the world? You don’t have to! This week is World Space Week: World Space Week is held every year from 4 to 10 October. These dates commemorate the launch of Sputnik I on 4 October 1957, and the entering into force of the UN Outer Space Treaty […]

Party Profile: University of Arizona SEDS

12. 04. 2014
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Ready to celebrate Yuri’s Night tonight? In Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona’s chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space certainly is, as their stylish black-and-white poster proclaims. Carmen Austin, the poster’s designer and the club’s Outreach officer, describes their event thusly: “The place to be in Tucson on Saturday night is […]

Yuri’s Night Catalyst Competition – Sponsored by collectSPACE

10. 03. 2014
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Be a Yuri’s Night “Catalyst”! Celebrate and win space flown prize packs! We live in a world where we are all linked together by our social networks and Yuri’s Night needs your help to reach the far corners of the planet and connect everyone to the World Space Party. Two winners will be selected to […]

Event Registration Now Open and Yuri’s Night Announces 2014 Team

19. 08. 2013
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Yuri’s Night, the World Space Party, today announced the 2014 Global Executive Team. Charged with the planning and execution of Yuri’s Night activities on a global scale and supporting local events, the Global Executive Team is a diverse group of professionals, students, and enthusiasts from around the world. “On April 12, 2014 the world will […]

Join the Yuri’s Night Global Team in 2014!

2. 07. 2013
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Are you looking to build your experience in the space industry and work with a fantastic group of volunteers to help people celebrate space exploration around the world? If so, now’s your chance! Apply today to join the Yuri’s Night Global Team in supporting 2014′s parties and events. The Yuri’s Night Global Team is responsible […]


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email: info@yurisnight.net

phone: +1 (908) VOSTOK1 (867-8651)

media inquiries: Rick Hanton at rick@yurisnight.net

operations and business: Jeffrey Alles at jeffrey@yurisnight.net

partnerships and sponsorships: Carolyn Belle at carolyn@yurisnight.net

outreach and education: Tim Bailey, Director of Outreach, at tim@yurisnight.net

If you require assistance with the Mission Control Center, email: mcc@yurisnight.net

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