Fifty three years ago today, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in history to venture into outer space. Below, Mika McKinnon talks about Gagarin's incredible journey to Earth orbit (and how to best commemorate that journey: by finding the Yuri's Night party nearest you!)
It's Yuri's Night! Tonight, space enthusiasts the world over will kick off celebrations to commemorate 52 years of human space exploration by recognizing the anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic flight into space (not to mention the 32nd anniversary of the very first Shuttle launch).
Tonight is Yuri's Night! The night space enthusiasts around world celebrate 51 years of human space exploration by recognizing the anniversary of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's historic flight into space (as well as the 31st anniversary of the very first Shuttle launch).
Have you ever felt like getting some people together and toasting something in the name of science? If you have, then you may have already noticed that of the eleven federally recognized U.S. holidays, not a one of them has anything to do with science.
Yuri Gagarin only wished he could have a big flight deck, like the spacious bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, when he went into space. Real-life space travel remains claustrophobic and lonesome, as every inch of space inside the vehicle counts.
Tonight, across the world, people will be going to space-themed parties to celebrate Yuri's Night, an annual event honoring Yuri Gagarin - the first person to survive space flight. Here is a gallery of art celebrating his great adventure.
Do six eyes make cats better at playing with nano-fiber yarn? That's just one of the important questions raised by a new exhibition of space-themed artworks that opened last night. Prepare for cuteness!
Every year the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, plays host to a Yuri's Night festival, which celebrates the journey of Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961. This year's event, April 9-10, still needs volunteers!