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.”

Richard Garriott receives Spirit of Yuri's Night Award

Richard Garriott and YN co-founder Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides with the inaugural Award. Photo Credit: Sam Coniglio

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2010: Richard Garriott
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2011: Ron Garan
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2012: Dr. Pete Worden
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2013: Commander Chris Hadfield and the Canadian Space Agency
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2014: Bill Nye and the Planetary Society

2015: Dr. Alan Stern
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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.