Ever since the dawn of humanity, the sky and space as a whole have always been both a great dream and goal for humankind. The Space Race of the 20th century, from this point of view, may also be seen as the fulfillment of such a long dream: the dream, in fact, first became a reality on April 12, 1961, as the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to orbit the Earth on board of the Vostok 1. April 12 was reconfirmed as one of the most significant dates in space history in 1981, when the first launching of the Space Shuttle took place.
In order to highlight the human aspects of spaceflight, a new kind of event has been celebrated every year on April 12: Yuri's Night. On this occasion, parties and various other events are held in continents all around the world, Antartica included. The goal of Yuri's Night is to increase public interest in space exploration, thus inspiring a new generation of innovators and enthusiasts by creating a harmony between science, culture, creativity, art, and fun.
Find the event closer to you on the Yuri's Night official website!
"Astronomers", illumination from the "Illustrations for Mandeville's Travels", ms. Additional 24189, f. 15r, 1st quarter of the 15th century, British Library, London