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Space Shuttle Atlantis
On April 13, 1985, Space Shuttle Atlantis arrived at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) to be prepped for its maiden flight. Over the following 26 years, Atlantis would go on to launch 33 times - deploying satellites & planetary probes Magellan & Galileo, delivering vital components to the International Space Station, & pioneering the Shuttle-Mir era. In July of 2011, NASA's final shuttle mission was flown by Atlantis (STS-135), marking the end of the Shuttle Era. Today, Atlantis is on full display at the historic Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
This year's EPIC Space Coast Yuri's Night party will take place underneath Shuttle Atlantis exactly 33 years to the day since the orbiter arrived at KSC. Come join us on Friday April 13th, 2018, to celebrate this historic spacecraft, the excitement of space exploration, & the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's monumental flight into orbit.
Yuri's Night Space Coast
Fri April 13, 2018, 8 pm
Featuring NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott
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 a FSE she flew onboard the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA) helping to train astronaut pilots to fly the Shuttle. She flew other missions in the NASA T38's and the KC135. Nicole was selected as an Astronaut in 2000, one of 17 members of the 18th group of NASA Astronauts.
And NASA Astronaut Bob Cabana...
Robert D. Cabana is a former NASA astronaut, currently serving as director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Cabana manages all NASA facilities and activities at the spaceport.
A veteran of four spaceflights, Cabana has logged 38 days in space, serving as pilot and mission commander. His fourth flight was the first assembly mission of the International Space Station. Following his retirement as a colonel from the Marine Corps in September 2000, Cabana was appointed a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service. He served in numerous, challenging senior management positions at Johnson Space Center in Houston, ultimately becoming deputy director.
In October 2007, Cabana was appointed director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. A year later he was reassigned as the tenth director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center. Cabana's many achievements have been recognized with induction into the Astronaut Hall of Fame and being named an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.
Come meet our ambassadors, listen to amazing talks, view incredible pieces of space history and sample the world's first space beer
For many years, you have been part of an elite team of bipedal hominids as crew on our beautiful, incredibly complex Spaceship Earth®. Flying at over 490,000 MPH around the galactic center, she offers incredible views of our celestial neighbors, provides us with water, energy, & can operate for millennia. It's time to celebrate!
Yuri's Night Space Coast will be filled with dancing, drinks, art, costumes, & all things space. You might bump into an astronaut, celebrity, rocket scientist, or astrophysicist... DJ's will be spinning until 12:30 a.m. & we will be dancing under the Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex celebrating space & the power to bring us all together here on Spaceship Earth. ROCK THE PLANET!
Friday, APRIL 13, 2018 8PM
KSC Visitor Complex | Space Shuttle Atlantis Building
SR 405 Kennedy Space center, FL
VOSTOK SPACE BEER – THE WORLD’S FIRST BEER FOR SPACE – THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH!
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.
Yuri's Night Ambassadors will be at the event in their dashing blue sashes! Please go up to them anytime throughout the night and ask your favorite space questions!
Janet Karika:: Jacobs Executive Director, Interagency Launch Programs
Tim Dodd:: The Everyday Astronaut - Bringing space down to Earth for everyday people
Leilani Munter:: Biology graduate turned ARCA race car driver and environmental activist
Phillip Larson:: Assistant Dean at CU Boulder, former SpaceX and Senior Adviser for Space and Innovation at the White House
Abby Garrett:: Professional artist, author, STEM communicator, and creator of Go For Launch comics
Antonio Paris:: Director of The Center for Planetary Sciences, veteran, author, and professor at St. Petersburg College
Hayley Lewis:: The Mars Generation, studying Spaceflight Operations, and Brooke Owens Fellow
Trip Harriss:: Local aerospace launch operations engineer extraordinaire
Kiko Dontchev:: Local aerospace human launch vehicle engineer
Sian Proctor:: Geology professor, featured scientist on PBS, Discovery, and Science Channel, NOAA Teacher at Sea, NASA HI-SEAS
Robin Seemangal:: Spaceflight reporter for Wired Magazine, Observer, and Popular Science
Todd Romberger:: VP, Commercial Space at Space Florida, ZERO-G coach, former Bigelow mission ops, 1st tester of Vostok Space Beer in zero-g!
Emilee Speck:: is a journalist, photographer, Pluto enthusiast and digital journalist for space at WKMG News 6, Orlando's CBS station.
Phil Metzger:: Planetary physicist, co-founder of KSC Swamp Works, 2011 NASA Scientist/Engineer of the Year
Stephan Reckie:: Board Member, Space Nation (launching an Astronaut Training App and more)
Dancing Under the Space Shuttle Atlantis
The evening culminates with an epic dance party under the Space Shuttle Atlantis. We'll be bringing you sick space beats from two Miami-based DJ's past midnight. It is a unique opportunity to party under a national treasure. You are welcome to dress up, costumes encouraged!
Remy Bond has shipped five amazing, pop-art style, space inspired, canvas original paintings from France for your imagination.
Road Trip To Mars is gearing up for their cross country road trip and will have a with a Florida Tesla Enthusiast Model X with an Airstream trailer, to share that we are all SpaceKind
Star Viewing through Brevard Astronomical Society telescopes
Florida 501st Makaze StarWars Stormtroopers squad will be lurking about
Return Back to the Future in a Delorean Time Machine
321 Launch App: Launch a rocket in augmented reality
Will there be food?
Be sure to eat a good dinner before you come at 8pm. We will have a limited amount of light snacks.
What should I wear?
Yuri's Night is basically a space theme-nightclub that encourages costumes, play and full self expression! You can wear black pants or galaxy leggings, or your favorite Sci-fi costume, what you would wear to a nightclub on a Saturday night. Just make sure there are no masks covering your face (KSC Visitor Center rules).
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.
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"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, April 12, 1961