Yuri's Night 2019



Yuri's Night 2019

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Yuri's Night L.A.  Sat. April 6, 2019


 “Houston, Tranquility Base Here...”

Apollo 11, the 1st humans to walk the moon

This year's epic Yuri's Night party will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins’ historic first mission to land people on the surface of the moon. Join us Saturday April 6, 2019 under the Space Shuttle Endeavour for an incredible experience of our place in the cosmos.

Featuring NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave

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Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at 3 and by 5 floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at 5, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields, repaired them by 13.

Story never finished school, ran off to Korea with the U.S. Marines. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He has 7 graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology. He was a part-time trauma surgeon during his 30 year astronaut career.

Story was an NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and on his last flight, he operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia. He currently works a million projects, speaks and runs a palm tree farm in Florida…

Bill Nye: The Science Guy

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We are delighted that the Planetary Society's Bill Nye will be joining us for this year's Yuri's Night! 

Bill Nye is best known as the host of the PBS science show “Bill Nye the Science Guy”(1993–1998). His new series “Bill Nye Saves The World” debuted on Netflix in spring 2017.

Nye earned a degree in mechanical engineering at Cornell University and spent over 20 years working as an engineer until he combined his love of science and comedy to create “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” As a student at Cornell University, he was introduced to the wonders of astronomy in a class taught by Professor Carl Sagan, cofounder of The Planetary Society, which Nye now leads.

Bill will share some of his favorite thoughts on space and earth.

Mark “Forger” Stucky,
Virgin Galactic’s 1st Pilot Astronaut

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Mark “Forger” Stucky will also be joining us to share first hand his experience of piloting Virgin Galactic’s stick-and-rudder SpaceShipTwo. On Dec 13, 2018 he was the pilot in command of VSS Unity on it’s first spaceflight. Reaching an apogee of 51.4 miles/82.72 KM miles, the flight earned Forger and his co-pilot the the designation of “Astronaut.” He was awarded Commercial Astronaut wings by the FAA on Feb 7, 2019.

Forger is one of the most experienced SpaceShipTwo pilots in the Virgin Galactic pilot corp and has also flown the SR-71 Blackbird.

Stucky was featured in a fabulous New Yorker article last year that you should definitely check out before April 6th….

Rod Roddenberry, Founder of Roddenberry Foundation

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Eugene Wesley "Rod" Roddenberry Jr. is an American television producer and the chief executive officer of Roddenberry Entertainment.

Roddenberry was born in Los Angeles, California to actress Majel Barrett and legendary science fiction writer and producer, Gene Roddenberry. Following in his father's footsteps, he champions the Roddenberry legacy to a new generation through original science fiction productions, merchandise, publishing, underwater adventures and philanthropy.

The Roddenberry legacy further lives on through the Roddenberry Dive Team, which was founded in 2010. Roddenberry leads the dive team in its exploration of underwater worlds and strives to inspire stewardship of the world's oceans. A scuba diver since 1993, Roddenberry holds a Divemaster certification and has led or participated in more than 1,000 dives from exotic locations around the world. Including a dive in the Kelp Forest Tank at Yuri’s Night this year to do a live Q&A with YOU from 6:30-7:00pm.



Saturday, APRIL 6, 2019 6PM TO 12am

California Science CenterSamuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion




Come at 6pm to meet our ambassadors, attend an underwater Q&A with Rod Roddenberry, or pet space rocks and hardware.
At 7pm our space odyssey continues in the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Pavilion.

For many years you have been part of an elite team of bipedal hominids as crew of our beautiful, incredibly complex planet. Flying at over 490,000 MPH around the galactic center, she offers incredible views of our celestial neighbors, provides us with water and energy and can operate for millennia. 50 years ago humans walked on the moon for the first time. Now we celebrate.

Yuri's Night L.A. will be filled with dancing, drinks, art, costumes, and all things space. You might bump into an astronaut, a rocket scientist or Mars rover mission controller at the party... You start at the pre-party to meet your crewmates, then listen to a space explorer share his experience first hand, then we bring the lights down for you to take your own epic journey. DJs will be spinning until midnight and we will be dancing under the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion celebrating space, art and the power to bring us all together here on our beloved home world.








Space Ambassadors

Yuri's Night Ambassadors will be at the event in their dashing red sashes! Please go up to them during our Ambassador Meet at Greet at 6pm around the Apollo- Soyuz Command Module or anytime throughout the night and ask your favorite space questions!

Kevin J DeBruin:: A Former NASA JPL Rocket Scientist, American Ninja Warrior, & Space Educator. Connect & learn with Kevin on Instagram - @kevinjdebruin

Amir Blachman:: VP of Strategic Development for Axiom Space. In this role, Blachman is responsible for financial planning, funding, and strategic development for the world’s first private, international commercial space station, serving the international community of sovereign and private astronauts.

Catherine Machin:: Worlds highest crowdfunded Space Artist. Catherine collaborates with Space Authorities to create Art that connects people to the universe.

Diana Alsindy:: Propulsion Development Engineer at Virgin Orbit. She’s responsible for the system design, test and development of the first stage propulsion systems of LauncherOne. Connect & learn with Diana on Instagram - @thearabianstargazer

Estevan Guzman:: An artist and animator at the Griffith Observatory, in Los Angeles, CA who self-identifies as a “space artist”. 

Jannicke Mikkelsen :: VR film Director and cutting edge Cinematographer. She is internationally known for her work as film director with the British rock band QUEEN on their virtual reality film VR The Champions and creator of the interactive installation Lunar Window™ set to tour with the Apollo 11, 50th celebration global-outreach campaign 'The People’s Moon'. 


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Tommy Tejeda will be bringing his live experience Nova Star UFO.  Step into another world before you even enter. 

Back To The Future Nate Truman's StarCarCentral.com will be bringing a Back to the Future DeLorean and more to the front door of the venue.  so have your selfie cameras ready!

Panasonic will light up your night with artist Evan Weitzberg projection mapping.  A case study in the making, this year will rock both coasts!

JPL is bringing their super gecko robot again that can climb straight up a brick wall! Along with other fun rover hardware and tech.

3D LED Stellarium (Star Map) Yuri's Night proudly presents "Meet the Stellar Neighbors" a scale model of stars within 25 light years of Earth.

Caltech Dr. Gorjian and Dr. Hurt will take your picture in Infrared! Learn Cool Cosmos! Take a trip in VR about the 7 Earth sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system.

Internet Gaming Celebrity Max Singularity, Space Pope of Eve Online, will be livestreaming from 7-7:30pm.

ISS Above will be there showing you how to build your own wearable ISS flyover reminder.

Vortex Immersion Media will let you stomp and play on their interactive floor projections.

Photo Booth Get your Earthrise crew photo in front of the Space Shuttle and get a hard copy you can take home with you.  Columbia Memorial Space Center steps you up into their life-size space suit prop.

Burning Man's Interstellar Emissary will be lit up to share in our celebration of Voyagers 40th anniversary!

King Mahtusahn invites you to step inside it's turret and spin yourself to the beats while saving the galaxy.

Vocademy Earn an onsite 3D printed Yuri's Night prize by building your own parachute to balance in the Vocademy Wind tunnel.

UCSB's NASA Directed Energy interstellar program team will have laser array demos and wafer scale spacecraft they are testing for the NASA Starlight and Breakthrough Starshot's trip to Alpha Centauri!

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FuseFX and Space Nation have joined forces to bring you VR Buzz Aldrin: Cycling the Pathway to Mars and a tour of Yuri Gagarin's capsule.

SparkleBlob will be back this year with more DIY art, this year featuring spacey Shrinky-Dinks! If you missed the '80's don't miss this!

Infinity Box creator Matt Elson, renowned installation artist at Burning Man & set for Area 15 in Vegas, will provide Space Themed Infinity Boxes.  

Remy Bond has shipped five amazing, pop-art style, space inspired, canvas original paintings from France for your imagination.


DONT MISS. This is the best part of the whole event! The LaunchPad starts 6:00-7:00pm and is jam packed with activities, talks, games and shows! It includes the Apollo-Soyuz Command Module, the Gemini XI Capsule, a lunar sample collected during the Apollo 11 landing and an Apollo 16 Command Module space suit. You can also Meet and Greet the 2018 Yuri's Night L.A. Ambassadors, go to a LaunchPad Talk, grab a drink with your friends, or watch Sci-Fi improv!

Launch Pad talks-Room 1- Mission 26: Endeavour Together exhibit (Second floor before elevators)

Launch Pad talks- Room 2 - Kelp Forest Aquarium (just next to entrance to Shuttle Pavilion)

6:30pm - 7:00pm Rod Roddenberry:  Rod will be diving into the Kelp Forest Tank to do a live Q&A with YOU!

Ambassador Meet and Greet, Space Petting Zoo, and bar- Humans to Space (Top of Escalator)

Turn right at the top of the escalators to head towards Creative World and check out our Space Petting Zoo with meteorites, aerogels and spaceship materials. Check out the Space Capsules and chat up a Yuri's Night Ambassador.

The Improvised Generation- Creative World's Tech Theater (Top of escalator, go right and it's on the right)

Explore the Alpha Quadrant with The Improvised Generation, an entirely improvised episode in the style of Star Trek: The Next Generation. New ship, new crew, endless possibilities!

Dancing Under the Space Shuttle Endeavour and Silent Disco in the Aquarium!

This year we are featuring TWO rooms of epic dance music. 

Under the Shuttle: The evening culminates with an epic dance party under the Space Shuttle Endeavour and inside the magical Kelp Forest. We'll be bringing you sick space beats until midnight. It is a unique opportunity to party under a national treasure. You are welcome to dress up, costumes encouraged!

In the Aquarium: This year, thanks to Quiet Events silent disco headsets, we will bring tandem DJ line-ups to our second room of music in the "Kelp Forest" (the museum's aquarium space). You can walk through an aquarium tunnel and dance next to a 25 foot high wall of aquarium (without disturbing the fish!).

Don't feel like dancing?  Subtractive artist Test Shot Starfish will be providing "Music for Space" (releasing 2018) at the silent disco on channel 3 in the Kelp Forest.  Come chill, watch the aquatic life, and get a first listen to their new tracks which have been featured on the SpaceX webcasts.

VIP Tickets

VIPs will have a dedicated entry line at registration as well as an exclusive VIP lounge in the main shuttle room with couches and a dedicated bar. 

VIPs will also have two rows of chairs reserved at the front of the event for the main stage show. They will be held for VIPs until 5 minutes before the start of show as which case they will be opened for anyone to fill in. All speakers and ambassadors are also invited to hang out in the VIP Lounge.

There is a cash bar there for cocktails and a craft beer garden on the back patio of the venue (outside the VIP area). 

Event F.A.Qs

Will there be food?

Be sure to eat a good dinner before you come at 6pm. We will have a limited amount of pork sliders, chicken skewers, and grilled cheese available this year to guests-  at no cost! That is new this year (you are welcome!) 

Just know, it is not enough to be dinner for everyone, but for those who need it, it's available. For those who need a late night snack, we will also hold some of the food back so you aren't drinking on an empty stomach.

What should I wear?

Yuri's Night is a Space Theme-Nightclub that encourages costumes, creativity, play and full self expression! You can wear black pants or galaxy leggings, or your favorite Sci-fi costume! We will be giving out a “Best Costume Award” at the end of the night!

Is this an all ages event?

Since this is a night club environment we don't encourage people to bring kids. But just like at Burning Man, some people will. If you would bring your kids to Burning Man, feel free to bring them to Yuri's Night. We are only checking your age if you want to drink. If you are looking for a Yuri's Night event designed for kids, please check out Yuri's Night Kids at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in nearby Downey.


Beer Garden

Choose from an assortment of craft beers for our first-ever outdoor beer garden (by the giant Shuttle External Tank) provided by our friends at Wavelength Brewing Company and Los Angeles Ale Works.  Deep Space Live Stream via telescopes in Joshua Tree, provided by Oceanside Photo and Telescope.  

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Looking for a family friendly space event during the DAY? You're in luck!  We will be hosting a Yuri's Night Kids event 10am-4pm at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, CA on Sat April 6, 2019, for a day of space themed activities, fun, and the opportunity to see what rocket science is all about!  Learn more here


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All large format printing graciously provided by Martin Horowitz



"Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship,
 I marveled at the beauty of our planet.

People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty —
not destroy it!" 
— Yuri Gagarin,
1st human in space.


"Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship,
 I marveled at the beauty of our planet.

People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty —
not destroy it!" 
— Yuri Gagarin,
1st human in space.