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“I keep thinking how amazing it was that we were celebrating the achievements [of] a
cold war era Soviet cosmonaut at a high level NASA facility…Now that is progress.”

Scott Beale, Laughing Squid

Yuri’s Night at the South Pole

Celebrating Yuri’s Night at the South Pole (Photo credit: Kris Amundson)

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The Basics

What: A global celebration of humanity’s past, present and future in space

When: Every April 12; Yuri’s Night 2014 falls on a Saturday. Some celebrations are held on other dates in mid-to-late April.

Where: In 2017, Yuri’s Night had events in 234 cities in 56 countries on all seven continents. Events have been hosted in New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Sydney, the South Pole, Second Life, and many other locations.

Who: Yuri’s Night draws hundreds of thousands of space explorers, artists, engineers, musicians, scientists and partygoers from around the world each year. At our flagship event hosted by the NASA Ames Research Center in 2010, over 12,000 space fans and students attended. Yuri’s Night was created by Loretta Hidalgo and George Whitesides.

Why: Because you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to be a part of the next phase of human history.

Yuri’s Night 2011 in SPACE!


Yuri’s Night was first held in 2001, on the 40th anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first flight into space (4/12/1961) and the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first space shuttle, STS-1 (4/12/1981). Notable participants, speakers and performers at Yuri’s Night events over the years include Ray Bradbury, Will Wright, Lance Bass, Anousheh Ansari, Oksana Baiul, George Takei, Richard Garriott, Dennis Tito, Buzz Aldrin, Phil Lesh (of the Grateful Dead) and many astronauts, cosmonauts and other space leaders.

In 2009, the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes created a special Hubble Space Telescope and Jupiter cake creation for Yuri’s Night and NASA Goddard, and featured it on their show. In 2010, Yuri’s Night celebrated its 10th year with a 12-hour global webcast, highlighted by greetings from the International Space Station and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and our 11th year saw over 500 parties and events around the world on the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s launch.

Please visit our “What Is Yuri’s Night?” page for further details.

Press and media inquiries

Please contact:
Rick Hanton, Director of Media Relations
rick at yurisnight dot net

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Distributable Media

Feel free to download any of the images below for press material; for more photos and other YN media, check out our Resources Page and our user-submitted galleries at Yuri’s Night Live. Please credit all material as directed.

The official Yuri’s Night logo

The “Yurihead”–the defining Yuri’s Night logo

Yuri’s Night 2001 in LA

Yuri’s Night Los Angeles 2001 (Photo Credit: Yuri’s Night)

Yuri’s Night Bay Area in 2007

Yuri’s Night Bay Area at NASA Ames 2007 (Photo Credit: Yuri’s Night/Sam Coniglio)