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Yuri's Night 2018




Yuri's Night 2018




Apollo 8, the mission that saved 1968.

This year's epic Yuri's Night party will celebrate the historic mission that captured the famous Earthrise picture on Christmas Eve 1968. Come join us Saturday April 7, 2018 under the Space Shuttle Endeavour for an incredible experience of our place in the cosmos.

Yuri's Night L.A.  Sat April 7, 2018 6 pm - 12 am

Featuring NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott

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Nicole Stott has spent 104 days living and working in space. Highlights of her spaceflight missions include 3 Space Shuttle flights (that was how she got to and from her long duration ISS mission, plus a Shuttle flight after that), a double length ISS Expedition (Expedition 20 & 21), 1 spacewalk, installation and first run on the C.O.L.B.E.R.T. treadmill, and ISS maintenance.  She was the last ISS crewmember to return to Earth on a Space Shuttle.

Nicole's 28 year NASA career started at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida where she worked as an engineer and manager for the Space Shuttle and ISS programs. Nicole gained  hands-on experience with spaceflight hardware and worked alongside the team of people responsible for the "care and feeding" of the vehicles.

Prior to being selected as an Astronaut, Nicole worked at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston as a Flight Simulation Engineer (FSE) in the NASA Aircraft Operations Division.  As an FSE she flew onboard theShuttle Training Aircraft (STA) helping to train astronaut pilots to fly the Shuttle. She flew other missions in the NASA T38's and the KC135 ("Vomit Comet"). Nicole was selected as an Astronaut in 2000 one of 17 members of the 18th group of NASA Astronauts. 

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.



We are super excited this year to have Vostok Space Beer as our Official Sponsor! They will be with us under the shuttle with their Vostok Space Beer as well as their Indian Summer Ale and their Down Under IPA. All 21+ guests will be able to have their first two 4 Pines Beers on the house!

For the first time ever, you’ll be partying at Yuri’s Night with the world’s first beer for space in hand! 

4 Pines Brewing Company & Saber Astronautics joined forces 7 years ago on a journey with a sole purpose to develop the world’s first beer for space. The beer recipe has been perfected and they’re now in the final stages of the project to perfect the bottle technology so space tourists can drink the beer as we do on Earth (without those squeezie packs).

As Lunar Sponsors of Yuri’s Night L.A. and Yuri's Night Space Coast, Vostok are providing the beers!

Come meet the team from Down Under and share a Space Beer with them while you learn all about the project. Yuri’s Night L.A. will be the official launchpad of their Space Beer Crowd Funding Project which will see Space Beer become a reality and an opportunity for you to be a part of their research.

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Voyager's Golden Record

We will also be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Voyager mission to the outer planets and the Golden Record that was sent along with it! We will have the Interstellar Emissary art piece from Burning Man depicting its cover art as well as David Pescovitz, the Producer of the 40th anniversary re-release of the golden record on vinyl! Come celebrate the sights and sounds of Earth that Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan and their team sent to the stars.






Saturday, APRIL 7, 2018 6PM TO 12am

California Science CenterSamuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion




All ticket holders are invited to the Launch Pad at 6pm. Come meet our ambassadors, listen to amazing talks, pet space rocks and hardware, watch an improv show or play our escape room. At 7pm our space odyssey continues in the Samuel Ochin 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 glimpsed her from the distance of 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 her 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.









Back To The Future Nate Truman's 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.

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!

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.

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

Remy Bond has shipped 5 pop art style canvas originals from France for your imagination.


The LaunchPad held at the California Science Center from 6:00-7:00pm will include access to a collection of flown spacecraft located at the top of the escalator and to the right. 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 the Ambassadors, go to a LaunchPad Talk, grab a drink with your friends, or watch Sci-Fi improv!

Launch Pad talks- Room 1 - Kelp Forest Aquarium

Launch Pad talks-Room 2- Mission 26: Endeavour Together exhibit (Second floor)

6:15pm - 6:35pm Dylan Taylor: Founder of Space for Humanity and founding partner of the Space Angels Network

6:40pm - 7pm David Pescovitz: Co-editor of Boing Boing and Producer of the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition through Ozma Records

Ambassador Meet and Greet & Space Petting Zoo- Humans to Space (Second Floor)

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 (second floor)

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

The evening culminates with an epic dance party under the Space Shuttle Endeavour and around other parts of the museum! There will be music all night provided by all of our awesome DJs. We'll be bringing you sick space beats until midnight. It is a unique opportunity to party under a national treasure. Don't forget to dress up, costumes are encouraged!

This year, thanks to Quiet Events silent disco headsets, we will be able to bring our second room of music to the Kelp Forest where you can dance next to a 25 foot high wall of aquarium (without disturbing our waterborne friends)

Space Ambassadors

Yuri's Night Ambassadors will be at the event in their dashing blue 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!

Amy Teitle:: Spaceflight historian and author

A.C. Charania:: Manager, Advanced Programs, Business Development & Strategy for Blue Origin

David Pescovitz:: Co-editor of Boing Boing and Producer of the Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition

Amanda Nguyen:: Harvard grad, aspiring astronaut, founder of Rise, civil rights for people who have been sexually assaulted

Hallie Lambert:: Writer for the critically acclaimed SyFy show The Expanseand writer of the tie in graphic novel series, The Expanse: Origins. 

Anthony Vareha:: Flight Director at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, former flight controller for the ISS thermal control systems.

Dylan Taylor:: Founding Partner of the Space Angels and Founder of Space for Humanity, a non-profit that strives to democratize space

Athena Brensberger:: Budding astrophysicist turned international model, AstroAthens loves to bridge art and science.

Lauren Lyons:: Local aerospace reusability engineer extraordinaire

Robbie Schingler:: Co-Founder Planet, a small sat start-up that is currently taking a picture of all the land mass of Earth, everyday.

Christopher Huie-Spence:: Loads Engineer at Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company in Mojave, CA, knows how to party under a shuttle

Katherine de Kleer:: Astrophysics Ph.D. currently at Caltech, soon to be professor at MIT, studies Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto with style



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 7, 2018, 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.