All around the world on April 12th, people will celebrate Yuri's Night, this year being the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight into space. The cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, was the first person to fly into space and the first to see Earth as a planet.
Please join us for the first West Windsor Yuri's Night:"50 Years of Human Spaceflight from Yuri Gagarin to the Space Shuttle and Beyond."
- Dr. Ken Kremer, Spaceflight Magazine and Universe Today correspondent, will discuss Yuri Gagarin's flight and show his behind the scenes NASA experiences with the Space Shuttle, Russian Space Station Hardware, Orion and SpaceX crew capsules and his custom photomosaics from the Mars Rovers. He will have a selection of his Shuttle photos and Mars photomosaics for sale as postcards and frameable prints.
- David Parris, NJ State Museum Curator of Natural History and the Planetarium, will talk about his recollections from that era and what the museum offers
- Jack Frohbieter, a retired US Air Force officer and satellite industry executive, will share his experiences during the early Space Race era.
- Robert J. Vanderbei, astrophotographer and co-author of Sizing Up The Universe, will show photos from his book.
- Ben Reytblat, New Space entrepreneur, will speak about the life of Yuri Gagarin and what's happening with New Space today.
This free event will begin at 5:30 pm with a special hour for children and will continue until 9:30 pm for space exploration enthusiasts of all ages. Please join us for the whole night or drop by when you can for an evening of activities, lectures, film clips, Q&A, and conversation.
It will be held at the West Windsor Arts Center (the former Princeton Junction firehouse), 952 Alexander Road, Princeton Junction, in the Florence B. Hillier Visual Arts Studio. Refreshments will be served.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 April 2011 09:59)