Bill Nye and the Planetary Society Are Recipients of 2014 Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award

The Yuri’s Night Board of Directors is extremely proud to announce that they have voted to award Bill Nye and the Planetary Society the 2014 “Spirit of Yuri’s Night” Award for using science and art to change the world!

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Party Profile: University of Arizona SEDS

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...

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Yuri’s Night Catalyst Competition – Sponsored by collectSPACE

Be a Yuri’s Night “Catalyst”! Celebrate and win space flown prize packs!

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

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.

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Join the Yuri's Night Global Team in 2014!

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 for developing and supporting Yuri’s Night as a whole. We run the Yuri’s Night website and party registration system, promote Yuri’s Night to the press and public, provide resources, contacts and other assistance to party organizers, and basically do what we can to grow the World Space Party. Our Global Team application page is now open at https://yurisnight.net/apply/; we’re looking for people with a variety of skills to help us out in digital maintenance, press and promotion, outreach, and much more. All positions are on a part-time, volunteer basis, and most won’t take more than a few hours a week except for the days immediately surrounding Yuri’s Night itself. (If you’re already thinking about running a Yuri’s Night party, feel free to still apply to the Global Team; many of our leaders organize or volunteer at local events while serving in Global Team positions.) All applications are due by July 22, and we’ll be getting in touch with applicants by August 15. We’re looking forward to making 2014 the biggest year of Yuri’s Night yet, so send in your application and help us spread the word!

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Dee Robb: A Personal Devotion to Spaceflight

When Yuri’s Night Global Team Primary and Preschool Outreach representative Dee Robb lost her brother, Daniel, in October 2011, she found an opportunity to help him realize his dream of going to space. This morning at 8:59am Eastern Time, Dee watched as Daniel ascended to space aboard a SpaceLoft XL rocket as a participant on the Celestis Centennial Flight. “He was so interested in space”, recalls Dee; as a child “his whole room was decorated with all kinds of shuttles and space rockets and astronauts hanging from the roof.” Sadly, Daniel had always been somewhat troubled, and later in life battled addiction. “We were probably twelve one day and we were sitting at the kitchen table doing homework and he kind of looked up and said, ‘I’m never really going to be an astronaut am I?’” Although in life he knew his dreams were “somewhat out of reach”, Dee was able to give him his dream this morning. “For us,” she explains, the Celestis memorial is about “doing something for him that he would never have been able to do himself.” Dee’s personal devotion to space doesn’t end there. Dee, her husband Shane, and their young son all have an interest in space. Shane can be found reading space related biographies while her son plays with an endless supply of space toys, asking questions such as “how long would it take to get to Mars?” Her son, like her brother, dreams of one day becoming an astronaut. When she isn’t busy running a financial services company or fielding endless space questions from her son and watching space documentaries, Dee tirelessly devotes her time to Yuri’s Night. Thanks to Dee, Yuri’s Night 2013 saw the celebration of human spaceflight throughout an entire Canadian school district, a first for Yuri’s Night. In another first, a Canadian national network of preschools hosted events for their students to explore space here on Earth. Yuri’s Night Executive Director Ryan Kobrick said, “the passion for helping all of humanity chase their dreams to the stars is shared by the entire Yuri’s Night Global Executive Team and is exemplified by Dee’s touching personal story and her continual community support for both Yuri’s Night and her endeavors.” In Daniel’s own words, Dee is truly “awesome.” We are immensely grateful to have found Dee and we look forward to the innumerable and amazing things to come from her passion for spaceflight.

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