Celebrate Yuri's Night at VSSEC with the Space Association of Australia

Celebrate Yuri's Night at VSSEC with the Space Association of Australia 

On the 12th April 1961, Yuri Gagarin blasted off the launch pad in Baikonur at 9:08 AM local time. Gagarin made his historic 108 minute flight (orbiting around the whole Earth once) and parachute landed near his Vostok 1 capsule in the plains of Russia. This flight made him the first human to orbit the Earth and an international hero. As if by cosmic coincidence the US Space Shuttle’s maiden voyage fell on April 12th 1981, (the launch had to be slipped two days to fix a computer glitch), exactly 20 years later.

Yuri's Night is an international celebration held on April 12th every year to commemorate space exploration milestones. The goal of Yuri's Night is to increase public interest in space exploration and to inspire a new generation of explorers. Driven by space-inspired artistic expression and culminating in a worldwide network of annual celebrations and educational events, Yuri's Night creates a global community of young people committed to shaping the future of space exploration while developing responsible leaders and innovators with a global perspective. These global events are a showcase for elements of culture that embrace space including music, dance, fashion, and art. As of the 28th March, 256 events in 51 countries were registered on the Yuri's Night website http://yurisnight.net/

VSSEC is pleased to join with the Space Association of Australia to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Yur's Night and join the global release of Chris Riley's film First Orbit. Thanks to a partnership with YouTube First Orbit will be shared with the World in a special global streaming event on the 12th April. 

Venue: VSSEC
Date: 12th April, 2011
Time: 7:00 - 9:30pm
Cost: FREE
Places are limited, please email bookings@vssec.vic.edu.au to reserve a place
Download a flyer to promote the event

Other events in Australia  include:

Screening of First Orbit @ VSSEC
Public Talk: Spam in a Can - Human Spaceflight @Monash University

Museum Open Day @ Powerhouse Museum
Vostok Space Beer Tasting @ 4-Pines Brewing Company

Yuri's Night Party @ The University of Adelaide AIAA Student Branch
Gagarin's Party @ the Russian Community Centre

Visit the Yuri's Night website for more details