2011 Yuri’s Night -50th anniversary of human Spaceflight

Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it!”
-Yuri Gagarin,1st person in space

April 12, 2011 Marks the 50th anniversary of human Spaceflight. Lets take some time to commemorate this great achievement. Look on the Yuri’s Night website Events List for events close to you and attend. Yuri’s Night draws tens of thousands of space explorers, artists, engineers, musicians, scientists and partygoers from around the world each year. At the 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. Also watch for the Premier of the film “FIRST ORBIT” on April 12th.

Yuri’s Night Website

Yuri Gagarin: 108 minutes that changed the world

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3 Responses to 2011 Yuri’s Night -50th anniversary of human Spaceflight

  1. Artemi says:

    Yuri’s night is a very good project, but there cannot be Gagarin’s depiction without CCCP on his helmet. Gagarin and CCCP cannot be separated and who is trying to do it does not do any good to the true history.

    • rocketry says:

      I completely agree with you. The above image is from the press packet. I however remember that in previous years the image did include the CCCP. Do you know the story of why they removed it? That in itself must be an interesting story.

  2. Artemi says:

    To be honest I don’t really want to know why they removed it. Climbing on top of a rocket and getting into unknown first time – this is a big one. Remembering about the mankind and saluting to you country flag on the Moon – it is another one and so on. But photoshopping history like that is something at the scale of scratching bad words at the desktop while your teacher looks away. In my book it is a small act by small people.

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