Celebrate human spaceflight at Yuri’s Night this Saturday (April 10) with Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye (aka the Science Guy), former NASA astronaut and NFL participant Leland Melvin, Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson, the band OK Go, Inspiration4 astronaut Sian Proctor amongst different particular house company.
Monday, April 12 marks two main house anniversaries: 60 years because the Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin turned the primary human in house (April 12, 1961) and 40 years because the first house shuttle flight (April 12, 1981).
Yuri’s Night, an annual occasion co-created by creator and spaceflight advocate Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides and Chief Space Officer of Virgin Galactic George Whitesides that celebrates human spaceflight, may even be celebrating its twentieth anniversary with this yr’s Global Livestream occasion.
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This yr, Yuri’s Night is digital with a world occasion with the theme of “Earthseed,” a reference to the guide “Parable of the Sower” by sci-fi author Octavia E. Butler. NASA not too long ago named the Perseverance rover’s landing website “Octavia E. Butler Landing” after the creator.
“The book shares a powerful vision for a spiritual path that can bring communities together during hard times and inspire them with a vision of bringing life to the stars,” the Yuri’s Night crew stated in a press release emailed to Space.com. “That vision seemed fitting this year,” Loretta Whitesides stated within the assertion.
Yuri’s Night will function plenty of thrilling occasions and performances all through the night. Of the actions you may anticipate, OK Go might be debuting a model new collaborative music video mission made with the assistance of followers from residence throughout the pandemic.
This yr, you may even present up a full day early to the Yuri’s Night celebration as on Friday (April 9), there might be a particular occasion on Twitch that includes Everyday Astronaut, creator and spaceflight historian Amy Shira Teitel and YouTube persona and astrophysicist Scott Manly.
How to attend the social gathering
As it is a digital occasion, Yuri’s Night 2021 might be obtainable for all around the globe to attend on-line. You can watch the occasion stay right here on Space.com and on YouTube and discover more details about the occasion on the Yuri’s Night website. The occasion will start at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT).
You may even host your individual digital watch social gathering alongside the Livestream and benefit from the occasion with your folks over Zoom.
Yuri’s Night is a free occasion, however for individuals who need to get a bit nearer to the motion there are two paid expertise choices: a “Backstage Pass,” which features a pre-show social gathering, superstar visitor video chats and an after social gathering, and a “VVIP package,” which moreover consists of “swag,” drinks shipped to your property and a non-public on-line social gathering with non-public astronaut Richard Garriott. You can be taught more about these choices on the Yuri’s Night website.
This yr, Yuri’s Night will function plenty of appearances by particular company together with: Bill Nye, Sir Richard Branson, Sian Proctor, Leland Melvin, Richard Garriott, Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency, NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Star Trek Executive Producer Rod Roddenberry, National Geographic Explorer Wasfia Nazreen, the Everyday Astronaut Tim Dodd, Tesla Pickup builder Simone Giertz, former SpaceX Director of Design Hillary Coe, Kelvin Manning, Associate Director of Kennedy Space Center, Frank White, creator of the Overview Effect and Virgin Galactic flight ticket-holder Trevor Beattie.
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