Yuri’s Night Space Coast 2023
Yuri’s Night Space Coast is back under Space Shuttle Atlantis! Join the “World Space Party” in Florida’s Space Coast for a night filled with dancing, art, costumes, music, and all things space on Saturday, April 15, 2023, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Meet our Space Ambassadors, mingle with fellow space enthusiasts, bump into a rocket scientist, create artwork to send to space, or grab a photo with an astronaut (some real and some just play them on tv!).
Retired NASA Astronaut Winston Scott will be giving the keynote address. He is a retired US Navy Captain and former NASA Astronaut. Winston served as mission specialist on STS-72 and STS-87 logging a total of 24 days, 14 hours, and 24 minutes in space. He’s also the author of the book Reflections from Earth Orbit.
Joining us again will be Dr. Sian Proctor, CEO of SPACE2INSPIRE and the JEDI Space Foundation, and the first black female spacecraft pilot (on Inspiration 4 in 2021). Dr. Proctor will be giving out a JEDI Space Award highlighting efforts to make aerospace a more Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive industry!
Yuri’s Night is the World Space Party, a grassroots global celebration. Every year on or around the anniversary of human spaceflight on April 12th, we celebrate all that humanity brings with us as we explore the cosmos: music, art, science, culture, and each other! We use space to bring the world together, to empower the greatest parts of who we are, and give vision to where we are going.
Yuri’s Night parties are held around the world every April in commemoration of when Yuri Gagarin became the first human to venture into space on April 12, 1961, and the inaugural launch of the first Space Shuttle on April 12, 1981. These events can range from an all-night mix of techno and technology at a NASA Center, to a movie showing and stargazing at a local college, to a gathering of friends at a bar or barbecue. Anyone interested is welcome to host a celebration in any way that connects their local community. Events can be listed (for free!) online at https://YurisNight.net
Yuri’s Night is a project of The SpaceKind Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization using the excitement and inspiration of space as a catalyst for educating and developing the next generation of explorers. The Foundation supports grassroots event organizers around the planet with information, logos, multimedia, and publicity. SpaceKind also produces two flagship Yuri’s Night events: in LA at the California Science Center and at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.