Happy Yuri's Night! As I wrote two years, this is the day of the year when I celebrate the promise of space.
I begin by looking backwards, as Amy Shira Teitel of Vintage Space explains how Ivan Ivanovich Cleared the Way for Yuri Gagarin.
Remember, the reason that it's Yuri's Night on April 12th is that this is the date when Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space (in fact, he was the first to orbit the Earth).
As the image I used to illustrate this entry shows, April 12th is also important for the U.S. space program, as it was the date of the first shuttle launch. Now that the shuttle has been retired, the one on display in Los Angeles has become a site of revelry. Watch Yuri's Night LA 2018 Highlights to see people partying under the shuttle Endeavor.
Highlights from the Yuri's Night event at the California Science Center on April 7, 2018.It wasn't just at the party that space science met science fiction. TMRO's SpacePod: Yuri's Night 2018, SciFi and The Expanse promoted the event with the organizer of Yuri's Night in Los Angeles and a writer for the Hugo-winning show "The Expanse."
Athena is joined by Loretta Hidalgo Whitesides and Hallie Lambert to talk Yuri's Night, SciFi and The Expanse. And remember, if there is no Yuri's Night in your area, *you* can start one up! Head over to YurisNight.net to find out how you can start a local party in your area.That's enough for the promise of space for now. Stay tuned for an entry about Apophis Day, when I observe the perils of space. Asteroids!