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. 

And 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.


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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 the doors open to the Samuel Ochin Space Shuttle Pavilion where our space odyssey continues.

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.