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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This Sunday is Valentina's Night!

Though Yuri’s Night is traditionally held on April 12, we love to celebrate other major space milestones as well–so we want you to know that this Sunday is a pretty big day in space history. On June 16th, 1963–exactly 50 years from this upcoming Sunday–cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space as pilot of Vostok 6. Selected from over 400 applicants, Tereshkova completed 48 orbits of the Earth over 3 days on the last flight of the Vostok program. Tereshkova has remained involved in space exploration, recently expressing her desire to travel to Mars–even on a one-way trip. We’d love to see you celebrating this historic milestone this weekend; get together with your friends, talk about space, and start thinking about what you’d like to do for Yuri’s Night in 2014. After all, it’s only 10 months away!

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Chris Hadfield, Canadian Space Agency Are Recipients of 2013 Spirit of Yuri's Night Award

The Yuri’s Night Board of Directors is extremely proud to announce that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and the Canadian Space Agency have been named the recipients of this year’s Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award. “Chris Hadfield is a true space rockstar,” said Yuri’s Night Executive Director Dr. Ryan Kobrick. “We couldn’t think of a worthier candidate for the Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award, and we’d like to thank Chris, Magalie Renaud, Carole Duval, Mathieu Landry, Gregory Virc, Amanda Morris, Nancy Vézina, and everyone at the CSA for their work in promoting space and inspiring generation after generation.” The Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award, chosen each year by the Yuri’s Night Board of Directors, 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.” Previous winners of the Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award, the highest award that can be given out by the Yuri’s Night Global Executive Team, include private space adventurer Richard Garriott, astronaut Ron Garan and NASA Ames Center Director Dr. Pete Worden. Chris Hadfield, with support from the Canadian Space Agency, has become globally known for his public outreach and his tireless work to share the beauty and inspiration of space with the world. While in orbit, Hadfield has posted stories and photos to the 820,000 followers of his @Cmdr_Hadfield Twitter account, and he has collaborated on several musical and educational projects while in space, including a performance with the band Barenaked Ladies for Canada’s Music Monday. He has participated in several “downlink” video chats with thousands of students, including a “CSA Tweetup” co-sponsored by Yuri’s Night, and provided a Yuri’s Night video greeting from the ISS to the 354 parties and events which celebrated Yuri’s Night this April. Hadfield, who served as commander of the International Space Station from March 13 to May 12 of this year, will be completing his mission and returning to Earth tonight (May 13) at 10:31 PM Eastern time. The 2013 Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award is a one-of-a-kind design of aerogel, a superlight material used in several astronautical capacities, that includes the Yuri’s Night logo. Yuri’s Night wishes to thank Aerogel Technologies (http://www.aerogeltechnologies.com/) for the design and sponsorship of the 2013 award. The Spirit of Yuri’s Night Award will be presented to Chris Hadfield this summer; further details on the presentation will be announced soon.

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YN13 Wrapup: Join us at ISDC and on The Space Show!

It’s about time for us to say farewell to this year’s Yuri’s Night festivities–and we’d like for you to join us. We’ll be making two appearances over the next couple of months to officially wrap up Yuri’s Night 2013 and start looking forward to next year. It’s been a longtime tradition to “conclude” each year’s Yuri’s Night at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference, which brings together astronauts, engineers, educators and space advocates from around the world. During this year’s ISDC, the Yuri’s Night Global Team will be giving a talk on “Yuri’s Night: Rocking The Planet in 2013” at 10 AM, Sunday, May 26, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego, California. We’ll be talking about all the awesome stuff that happened during Yuri’s Night 2013 and asking YN organizers, volunteers and participants to share their stories, so make sure to stop by if you’ll be around! We’ll also be set up in the exhibition hall with some fun YN swag. Registration for the ISDC is still available. Last, but not least, we’ll be making a re-appearance on The Space Show on Tuesday, June 18, at 10 PM ET to talk about Yuri’s Night a bit during our “YNterlude”. Assistant Director Brice Russ will be discussing this year’s Yuri’s Night, our early plans for Yuri’s Night 2014, and taking questions from callers. If you have anything you’d like to ask us, make sure to tune in!   Thanks one more time to all of you for helping us to Rock The Planet in 2013! We hope you had an awesome time this year–and if you did, you may want to think about joining us on the Yuri’s Night Global Team next year to help promote space around the world. Don’t forget to follow us on social media and sign up for our newsletter, as well. We’ll have more information out soon, so stay tuned!

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