Yuri's Night is the World Space Party. Every April 12th we bring the world together to dream about where we're going, explore where we are, and celebrate where we've been.
Yuri's Night commemorates two, twinned space anniversaries: Yuri Gagarin's historic first orbit in space, in 1961, and the launch of the first Space Shuttle, in 1981.
That first Space Shuttle was Columbia. Yuri's Night 2003 is in honor of Columbia's February 2003 crew - Shuttle Commander Rick Husband, Pilot William McCool, Payload Commander Michael Anderson, Mission Specialists David Brown, Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark, and Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon.
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