Yuri's Night

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Comes up in about three days and you can check to see if there is a party near you. So far, there are 77 parties scheduled in over 30 countries and seven continents (Antarctica included) Yuri's Night? From their website:
People everywhere love to party. Most parties don�t require a special reason or significant event. But when the celebration in question marks something as extraordinary as the dawn of human spaceflight, expect a HUGE party.

That party is Yuri�s Night, celebrated in dozens of cities around the world, on ALL seven continents. Yes, even Antarctica occasionally throws a Yuri�s Night party, and residents of the International Space Station have even been known to join in on the fun.

But who is this Yuri, and why are thousands of people worldwide celebrating him?

Yuri�s Night is the global celebration of human space travel, held annually on April 12. Yuri�s Night commemorates both the historic first flight of Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961, as well as the launch of the first Space Shuttle (STS-1) exactly 20 years later. This year we�re celebrating the 45th anniversary of Yuri�s flight and the 25th anniversary of STS-1, so we expect the highest turnout ever!

With Yuri�s Night consisting of dance parties, educational events and even casual get-togethers, the range of Yuri�s Night events is as diverse as the people that host them. Whether in someone�s living room, a swinging nightclub or a world-class science museum, Yuri�s Night events all have one thing in common - people who are excited about the past, present and future of space travel and want to have a great time celebrating it.
Very cool! Nice to see people like Burt Rutan at Scaled Composites getting involved as well.

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