Plans Set for Las Cruces Space Festival

LAS CRUCES, NM, Feb. 27, 2018 (Las Cruces Space Festival PR) — It’s time to have fun and enjoy the accomplishments and importance of space in Las Cruces and the surrounding community. To celebrate all things space, volunteers have come together to create New Mexico’s first ever Space Festival. It will take place over three days and nights, April 12th to 14th, across three locations. The theme is “Making Space for Everyone.”

The festival kicks off on April 12th – the day of “Celebration.” On this day, events will be geared toward children and families in celebration of the anniversary of human space flight. Yuri’s Night, which has been celebrated worldwide since 2001, marks the date when the then USSR launched Yuri Gagarin into a single orbit around the Earth in 1961.  Events will take place on the New Mexico State University campus, including an evening event organized for youth by NMSU’s Women in STEM (WiSTEM) group, a mobile planetarium in which people can experience and learn about the night sky, and a Tech Center featuring a flight simulation specifically tailored to space travel. There will also be educational NMSU Space Talks and stargazing. Las Cruces Public Schools are also planning events earlier in the week.


Yuri’s Night Celebrations Set for Next Week

yuris_nightNext Sunday will mark the 54th anniversary of the first human spaceflight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. There will be celebrations around the world to mark that historic achievement.

Yuri’s Night now tallies 157 events on all seven continents over the next week. You can find the one near you here.

For those of you in SoCal, a celebration will take place at the California Science Center under the space shuttle Endeavour on Sunday, April 12. The website for that celebration is here.  Get your tickets now before the event is sold out. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Drops by The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston….

1. Monday, March 4, 2013: 2-3:30 PM PST (5-6:30 PM EST, 4-5:30 PM CST): We welcome the return of HENRY VANDERBILT to discuss the upcoming Space Access Conference, commercial and NewSpace.

2. Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PST (10-11:30 PM EST, 9-10:30 PM CST): We welcome the return of DR. HENRY HERTZFELD, Professor at GWU and the Space Policy Institute. Dr. Hertzfeld will be talking about commercial space and more.

3. Thursday, March 7, 2013:, 9:30-10:30 AM PST (12:30-1:30 PM EST. We welcome YONATON WINETRAUB, Founder and CTO of SpaceIL. Visit their website for more information:

4. Friday, March 8, 2013, 9:30-11 AM PST (12:30-2 PM EST, 11:30AM-1PM CST): We welcome back DR. RYAN KOBRICK to discuss this year’s Yuri’s Night.

5. Friday, March 8, 2013, 12-1 PM PST, 3-4 PM EST. We welcome back DR. NEIL deGRASSE TYSON to discuss his book, “Space Chronicles,” now released in paperback.

6. Sunday, March 10, 2013.,12-1:30 PM PDT (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT): We welcome JOHN OEHLER to discuss his book “Aphrodesia: A Novel of Suspense,” and the role of smell and its relationship to space.

Yuri’s Night Opens 2013 Party Registration

yuris_nightThat’s right–-as of today, registration for Yuri’s Night 2013 is officially open for business! Just head on over to register at and fill in the requested information to sign up your event as part of this year’s festivities. As always, registering your party is completely free.

We’re working on some final updates for our event registration system, including our party list, so watch out for future updates on that front over the next couple of weeks. We also have plenty of announcements to make about some cool Yuri’s Night projects and partnerships, so keep checking back, or subscribe to our newsletter, for the latest news. In the meanwhile, make sure to take a look through our new website if you haven’t already, or start picking up goodies from our online store. Thanks for helping us to Rock The Planet in 2013!

This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston…

1. Monday, March 12, 2011 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): We welcome DR. RYAN L. KOBRICK to discuss Yuri’s Night 2012.

2. Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): OPEN LINES DISCUSSION. New callers welcome. All space related subjects welcome. Please limit your call to one comment and be succinct to allow time for all callers.

3. Thursday, March 15, 2012, 9:30-10:30 AM PDT (12:30-1:30 PM EDT, 11:30-12:30 PM CDT): This is an AIAA space policy discussion featuring John Rose, Deputy-Director Public Policy, Region VI, for AIAA; Steve Howell, Director, AIAA Public Policy; and Dr. Mark Lewis, Past President AIAA.

4. Friday, March 16, 2012, 9:30-11 AM PDT (12:30-2 PM EDT, 11:30AM-1PM CDT): We welcome back JOSH NEUBERT re the Night Rover Challenge Rules with updated information.


Babes in Space

The All-Female Symbolic Crew — a poster produced by Mars500 and Yuri’s Night.

Yuri’s Night Announces Judges for Space Ad Contest

YN PR — Yuri’s Night is pleased to announce that Xeni Jardin, co-editor of Boing Boing, and Ariel Waldman, founder of, will be serving as judges for the Yuri’s Night “Call To Humanity” Space Ad Contest, sponsored by Space Travellers.

The Space Ad Contest calls on graphic designers, illustrators and other creative individuals to “create a powerful and inspiring print ad (such as a poster or magazine advertisement) that would move people to think about space and support humanity’s future among the stars”.


Yuri’s Night Prizes Now Open for Entries

YN — Yuri’s Night is pleased to announce that our two recently-announced contests, the “Call to Humanity” Space Exploration Advertisement Competition and Yuri’s Night International Space Sweepstakes, are now officially open and accepting entries. $18,000 in space-themed prizes are being offered through these two contests, both of which are completely free to enter.


Yuri’s Night Launches Sweepstakes, Ad Competition

YN PR — Washington, DC — Yuri’s Night is excited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of human spaceflight by launching two contests: the “Call to Humanity” Space Exploration Ad Competition, which calls on talented graphic designers, artists, and other creative individuals to create a powerful and inspiring print campaign that will move people to think about and support humanity’s future in space, and the “International Space Sweepstakes,” a free global drawing.


Yuri Hearts Guy



Yuri’s Night wishes to officially express its strongest support for the upcoming Poetic Social Mission Event: Moving Stars and Earth for Water. This performance by the next private space explorer, Guy Laliberte, is scheduled to be broadcast live around the world Friday October 9th, 8:00 PM ET (12 AM GMT) during his stay on the International Space Station.


Peter Worden Speaks About Yuri’s Night, Astrobiology and World Peace

CNET’s Daniel Terdiman has an interesting interview with Pete Worden. The NASA Ames director spoke about astrobiology, global warming, world peace and other matters during a Yuri’s Night celebration held at the space center on Saturday.

Worden has some nice things to say about Yuri’s Night, which he sees as essential to getting younger people excited about space exploration. He also discusses possible expansion of the center’s partnership with Google and California’s universities.

However, the rest of the interview is disappointing. Terdiman throws some softball questions at Worden about the agency’s work on global warming and whether Ames can be “a center of research into peace.” The Ames director hits these pitches clear out of the park and right into the San Francisco Bay.


South Korean Astronaut to Serenade ISS Crewmates on Cosmonauts’ Day

South Korean So-Yeon Yi will be the star of a celebratory sing-sing aboard the International Space Station on Saturday, AFP reports.

Yi will serenade her five fellow space travelers with a song, followed by a dinner with traditional South Korean food. The dinner show will be part of Cosmonauts’ Day celebrations, held to mark the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961.

The anniversary also will be celebrated today with 190 parties and events around the world as part of Yuri’s Night. To find an event near you, please visit the organization’s website.

Yuri’s Night Just Four Days Away

Yuri’s Night – the global celebration of the first human spaceflight – will take place this Saturday, April 12, in at least 162 locations around the world. Parties and events will be held in 49 nations and on all seven continents. There’s even an event planned for the virtual world Second Life.

To find a celebration near you, check out the Yuri’s Night website. There are numerous events planned all over North America and Europe. I helped to organize the event in Los Angeles last year at the Griffith Observatory. This year Yuri’s Night LA involves a VIP reception and a party, both hosted by Cinespace in Hollywood.

For those in the San Francisco Bay Area, definitely check out the celebration at NASA Ames Research Center. Last year’s event – held in a giant NASA hanger – featured music, dancers, and Ames Director Pete Worden dressed as Gandolf the wizard. I attended this celebration last year and it was very cool.

This year’s Ames celebration has been extended to 12 hours, running from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. It will feature:

  • talks by Will Wright and Stewart Brand;
  • art and sculpture by The Flaming Lotus Girls and Michael Christian;
  • live acrobatic and modern dance performances by Capacitor;
  • a musical performance by Amon Tobin; and,
  • the debut of the new band Telstar, featuring Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead.