For many space enthusiasts, especially those who were lucky enough to go to Space Camp as a kid (or adult!), Huntsville, Alabama is a city whose name is synonymous with science and space exploration. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the United States Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville is a natural fit for a big annual Yuri’s Night event, and they’ve had some impressive parties in years past.
Yuri’s Night Huntsville has two parts this year: the main “World Space Party”, and the VIP “Permission To Dream Big” reception immediately preceding it. The VIP reception, organized primarily for young professionals, will bring Huntsville’s future leaders together with current titans of space, science, technology and policy. Confirmed celebrity guests at the VIP reception include:
- Homer Hickham, former NASA engineer and best-selling author of Rocket Boys and other novels
- Owen Garriott, former NASA astronaut (Skylab 3, STS-9)
- Mike Griffin, UA-Huntsville professor and former NASA Administrator
- Tommy Battle, Mayor of Huntsville, Alabama
as well as Marty Kress, Christopher “Gus” Loria, Ed Buckbee, Steve Cook and other space luminaries. Attendance is limited (though tickets are still available!), allowing for plenty of time for attendees to interact one-on-one over hors d’oeuvres and drinks on the Saturn Terrace of the Davison Center.
Immediately after the VIP reception, all are invited to Yuri’s Night Huntsville’s “World Space Party”, taking place in the Davison Center’s Saturn Hall. Attendees will dance under the original Saturn V test rocket until midnight to the performances of local band DiscOasis. A large projection screen at one end of the hall will broadcast Yuri’s Night events from around the world, and contests will be held for the best space-themed costumes in attendance. Cash bars, Yuri’s Night merchandise, and free snacks and telescope viewings will also be available.
Yuri’s Night Huntsville takes place on Thursday, April 10, from 5:30 – 7 PM (VIP reception) and 7 PM – midnight (World Space Party). Tickets for the World Space Party are $21 ($25 at the door), and some tickets are still available for the VIP reception at $105 (including free WSP admission). To purchase tickets for YN Huntsville, get directions to the Davison Center, or find out more about the event, visit their website at http://www.yurisnighthsv.org/.
YN Huntsville is a project of the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society and CAJA Friends, a program dedicated to helping abused and neglected children in Huntsville’s Madison County. All proceeds from Yuri’s Night Huntsville will go directly towards building the capacity for CAJA to serve more children.