Yuri’s Night 2011

On the 12th of April 2011 it will be exactly 50 years since Vostok 1 carried Yuri Gagarin into the history books as the first man in space. Yuri’s Night is an international celebration of this and other remarkable milestones in Human Space exploration.

So to celebrate this momentous occasion hundreds of events (which are basically just a big party) are being thrown all around the world. As of this posting there are 219 events being planned around the world, which means there is bound to be one happening near you… Check out the Yuri’s Night website for more information and a list of planed events.

To help you get into the celebrating mood the event organisers are also running three exciting competitions:

  • Design an inspiring print ad for a chance to win a Zero G flight in Russia!
  • Enter the sweepstake for a chance to win a tour of the past and present in the Russian space program  – Including a chance to watch a Soyuz launch!
  • Create a tribute video for a chance to win $500!

I’ve already entered the sweepstake and im now considering my options for how to win the other two. Full details of all of this competition awesomeness can be found here.

Whatever you are doing on April 12, take two minutes out of your day to reflect on how far we have come in manned space flight over the last 50 years and then have a think about the next 50 years. Who knows what might be around the corner…

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