The Award recognizes “a person or team that embodies the Yuri’s Night mission by using music and art to make space cool.”
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Since 2019, MOVA Globes has provided a gently-spinning globe of Earth as the Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award.
This Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award was presented to the cast and crew of the sci-fi comedy series The Orville. The show made the future of exploration fun and relatable, while it also broached important topics that no other prime-time science fiction show was willing to discuss. The show evolved from a satirical homage to famous sci-fi franchises into being a unique glimpse into our possible future!
This Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award was presented to the Crew of Inspiration4 for their exceptional work at making space exciting and relatable; from their crew selection, to their training, to sharing their mission with the world through their Netflix documentary Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space.
In recognition of the inspiring blend of art and science in the making of their music video for Upside Down and Inside Out (shot weightless in a parabolic aircraft!) and for supporting teachers with educational content through the OK Go Sandbox site. The site helps students learn through the joy, wonder, and fun of OK Go’s music videos.
In recognition of their work to inspire the world by putting a Tesla Roadster into space—and streaming live video of our planet!—using a test launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket.
In recognition of her work to enable social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally, with organizations such as X Prize, ASHOKA and the PARSA Community Foundation. She believes the key to a better future for humankind is in the hands of our young generation, and it is up to us to provide them with the right tools through education and as good role models. Through it all, Anousheh continues to quote Gandhi, one of her personal heroes, who said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”