Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award

The Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award is the highest honor that can be given by the Yuri’s Night Executive Team. Awarded once each year, the Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award recognizes “a person or persons that embody the Yuri’s Night mission of using space and art to contribute to the future of humanity, both in space and on Earth.”

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Awardees:

Richard Garriott receives Spirit of Yuri's Night Award (Photo Credit: Sam Coniglio)
2010: Richard Garriott – for his unique efforts to share the wonder of space and use his trip to space for science.
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2011: Ron Garan – for his insights on the Orbital Perspective.
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2012: Dr. Pete Worden – for his support of innovative public outreach including Yuri’s Night Bay Area events.
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2013: Commander Chris Hadfield and the Canadian Space Agency – for combining artistry and spaceflight and supporting Yuri’s Night from the ISS.
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Bill Nye Spirit of Yuri's Night2014: Bill Nye and the Planetary Society – for using science and art to change the world!
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2015: Dr. Alan Stern – for his hugely successful New Horizons outreach and support of Yuri’s Night.
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Dancing Snoopy Medal

The Yuri’s Night Board of Directors also periodically awards the “Dancing Snoopy Medal”, a medallion recognizing exemplary effort by Yuri’s Night Executive Team members, event organizers, and other volunteers. The Dancing Snoopy Medal was inspired by the Silver Snoopy Award, given by NASA astronauts to individuals for outstanding achievements.